Thursday, 15 August 2013

A wine tour of Spain...with teenagers? {Featured}

Viña Tondonia is in Haro, La Rioja

Who on earth would plan a tour of the wineries around Spain with teenagers? Well, the truth is that a trip to visit wineries may be a bit boring for teenagers…or not! It all depends.

A winery can prove to be a very interesting place to take photos, and any teenager with his high-tech smartphone can find unusual photos to take and share on Facebook, in dark corners of a subterranean cave, in the midst of rows of oak barrels, and in front of bizarre shapes of state-of-the art modern wineries.
A tricky moment might be when it comes to wine-tasting. Under-18s are given must (grape juice). Tasty, but it may indeed make them feel like kids.

Winery in Laguardia, SpainAs a matter of fact, the wine-making process is a very interesting biological process. If we think of teenagers as people who have lost interest in everything, we may struggle to find activities for them. But this need not be the case. For example, the process of fermentation is a show in itself. A good explanation of how sugars are transformed into alcohol will reveal to the teenager the secrets of all kind of beverages. 

The same could be said about the vines, which are actually two plants, not one, as a result of a plague which almost eradicated vines from Europe…imagine a world without wine! 

Any age group is curious about mysteries, threats and almost miraculous solutions to huge problems…it's only a question of dramatizing a bit.

Some wineries are not only interesting because they make wine, but because of their architecture.

Any teenager who has a slight interest in design or architecture should be stricken by the century-old winding tunnels and arches, as well as by the unlikely shapes given to modern materials such metal and glass.
But when we think about a wine tour in Spain, we shouldn't think only about wineries. In Spain for example, you may enrich your tour with a kayak adventure on the river Ebro, or with all sorts of sports activities. Going for tapas is also a fun way of eating which young people enjoy, and where they will have the opportunity to meet local youths which could result  in a stimulating cultural exchange.

Ysios winery in La Rioja, Spain

Other areas in Spain which are closer to the sea also enable you to combine a wine tour with a few days at the beach, where lots of day and night-time activities are on offer.

The sherry-producing area of Jerez is perfect for horse-lovers, as they can go to spectacular horse-shows while visiting wineries.

Winery tunnel air vent in Ribera del duero in SpainAlmost everywhere in Spain you can find castles, especially in Castile, which was named after its numerous castles (castillo in Spanish). Castles are magical places regardless of how old you are, and together with the windmills are great spots to take photos. And many teenagers like photography.

 And let's not forget the hotels and restaurants included in wine tours in Spain. They all have a Wi-Fi area, which means no teenager can complain about being disconnected from the outside world.  Besides, buffet breakfasts are the perfect option for hungry teenagers who can satisfy their appetite thanks to a variety of food on display. They will also be well-fed in restaurants, some of which are located in medieval caves or in wineries with beautiful views.

You might still think it is better to go on a wine tour without teenagers, and this might be the case. No complaints to deal with, you can go at your own pace, it turns out cheaper… However this doesn´t mean you should rule out this option, because it could actually prove to be a great bonding opportunity and enable you to share unforgettable memories.  

Not convinced? Well, you could always go to your wine shop or look for Spanish wines in the internet… not exactly the same experience, though maybe less risky!

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