Trips, summer and wine. Can it get any better than that?
This summer I’ve been crossing things off my bucket list a lot more than I ever imagined possible in such a short period of time. One of the things that I have yet to accomplish, however, is to take a road trip around the U.S. to visit different vineyards. And somehow, by some amazing chance, yesterday I visited my first bodega (winery) in the breathtaking country of España, home to only the best wine. I guess I can “settle” for that for now (until my feet are tingling with the desire to keep traveling – which will most likely be the day I’m back in Alabama). I’m definitely no wine connoisseur but after half a day spent at Finca Venta de Don Quijote, a bodega in Castilla La Mancha, I found a new interest that is soon to grow in my life. I’m a lover of sampling wines, and a newfound lover of the beauty of the vineyard itself, and I would ultimately love to learn all the details about the different types of wines and how they’re made.
Our day began with a trip to Belmonte Castle, a castle that was beginning to be built during the 1300s and had a touch of gothic style and towers centered around a triangle in the middle. Courtney and I ventured off to another tower around the outside of the castle for one of the prettiest views of the land, houses and wall in front of us.
After, we continued our journey through La Mancha to the Don Quijote winery, where we learned how the wine was made, saw where the grapes were grown, saw where the wine was stored, and sampled three types of vinos jovenes (young wines), tinto, rosado and blanco. It was difficult to choose, but blanco was my favorite. Tinto and rosado were close seconds – both having very original tastes. Maybe one day I’ll have a lot more knowledge on wine and be able to create a post solely dedicated to that…
For lunch, the UCLM students surprised us with vino tinto from the winery to go with our amazing food – sopa (soup), ensalada (salad), calamar (calamari), cordero (lamb) and, of course, pan (bread).