This blog post was originally posted on July 26, 2016, and was updated on July 16, 2019.
Tapas and wine are a part of daily life here in Spain—and one that we’re happy to take part in!
But it’s not just about having some good wine and food. It’s about discovering the local specialities and understanding a little bit about what you are eating and drinking. As with all Devour Seville experiences, that was our goal when putting together our brand-new Gourmet Tapas & Wine Tasting Tour.
When researching for this tour, we wanted to showcase Spain’s wine and food in a fun and lighthearted way. We wanted guests to leave feeling like they had a fun night, but also feeling informed and confident on the topic of Spanish and Andalusian wines, without being overloaded with technical information. In the end, we’re proud to say that we’ve put together an experience that delivers on both fronts.
The tour takes places in the emblematic neighborhoods of Encarnación and Regina. That means the walking distance is quite short, giving us more time to focus on the wonderful wine and delicious tapas!
Narrowing down the wines
Spain is known for its famous winemaking regions, such as Rioja and Ribera del Duero. But they’re not the end-all-be-all of Spanish wine. On our Seville tapas & wine tasting tour, we wanted to place a special focus on homegrown wines from right here in Andalusia.
Some of them are from the Jerez wine making region—the sherry wines that have recently become trendy again in the bars of New York and London, but that we never stopped drinking here in Andalusia!—but you’ll also try some more typical reds and whites from smaller winemaking regions in southern Spain.
With two very different sides to the same coin, we asked ourselves how we could give each kind of wine the attention that they are worth. The answer: split the experience into two.
Traditional, unique wines from Andalusia
Our first stop of the evening is a local institution with more than 100 years in operation under its belt. Here, we’ll indulge in a classic Spanish aperitif—sweet vermouth, which, believe it or not, is a type of wine! As you enjoy this traditional drink that’s making a comeback in modern Spain, you’ll nibble on tasty tapas that have been around for longer than most of us can remember.
From there, it’s on to a place that only opened its doors in 2016. But believe it or not, this modern, friendly local favorite draws heavy inspiration from the old-school abacerías—traditional grocery stores—of days gone by. It’s a fun, unpretentious place to get a crash course in how to enjoy sherry wines in Seville, and try even more delicious tapas to go along with every sip.
Modern Andalusian reds and whites
The second part of our Seville tapas & wine tasting tour will introduce you to a more modern side of the local food and wine scene. Stop #3 is a bright, spacious modern wine shop dedicated to promoting wines made by smaller Andalusian producers. You’ll try two equally delicious white wines paired with tasty Spanish cheeses.
Last but not least, it’s time to sit down for a dinner of shared plates at one of our favorite modern tapas bars in Seville. Not only is it one of the most exciting places on Seville’s dining scene, but they also have a pretty fabulous wine selection to boot. After much tasting and deliberating, we decided to pair the tapas here with two fabulous reds.
What are you waiting for? Join us on our Gourmet Tapas & Wine Tasting Tour to experience all of the above deliciousness for yourself!
Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.