Slowing down to savour Sherry Country
Arriving from Sevilla on the train was a snap. A little more than an hour after boarding in Seville we had secured our rental car and were off to explore the countryside at a more leisurely pace. Just 10 minutes out of the Jerez city center, toward the eastern hills, lies a tranquil retreat for our next 3 days. Ready for some quiet time, we headed out to find it.
The house was originally a private country hunting lodge belonging to the family founders of the Tio Pepe Sherry Winery. Now you can enjoy it as a stately, comfortable and elegant B&B. Casa Vina de Alcantara welcomed us with open arms. Jorge, our warm and friendly host, made us feel like family from the moment we entered the house. A native of Bolivia, his charm and warmth lit up the Casa. A lovely chilled glass of the “house” sherry was offered and off we went to meander the lush manicured grounds.
Finding a “Moment”
Through a tall myrtle hedge we found a peaceful spot by the pool to relax and plan our next few days. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation was presenting a show at their facility so the was a yes! Next, being Sherry Cuntry and all, a tour of Diez Merito Sherry winery was added. Of course a cooking class was in order, after all this is the Kitchen Culture Blog….. We decided upon a class by Javier Munoz, Head Chef at Restaurante La Carbona. His excellnt reputation had us eagar to taste some of the creative dishes he is known for. The combo of the Sherry Winery tour, a morning visit to the Mercado and the Cooking demo class are a great way to get a feel for the history and cuisine of this delightful region.
(If that’s of interest to you please take a look at the other postings with more detail and photos of the next few days.)
With our list complete we walked just outside of the gates to find rolling hills of vineyards and fields of golden wheat swaying in the breeze. Bright red volunteer poppies stretched up through the shafts of wheat for a bit of sun.
We sat and watched the late afternoon sun shed a golden glow all around us. This was the bit of peace we hoped to find.
*****Just one caveat, The B&B is located very near the World Class Circuito de Jerez, a morotcycle raceway. I highly recommend you check the race schedule before booking. Now that may be right down your alley, so book early, but if not, don’t book during the race dates!