Our last port before we shifted back to reality was Vigo. The area is known as the Wales of Spain as it is so lush and full of green hills. Our expectations weren’t high for this stop as we didn’t know much about it and all we could see was that Vigo was a small place. We decided for this stop we’d do a shore excursion that took us wine tasting. I am really glad we did as the scenery was beautiful and the wine was wonderful. Plus it turns out two of our new friends had also signed up for the wine tasting so we had a blast with them. They even brought crisps and chocolates for us so we didn’t go hungry. Not sure if it is a good or bad thing they had figured out in a very short time we get cranky without snacks! In either case it was cheers for them bringing the goods. :)
We had the best bus driver. He drove that thing like it was a sports car. The bus kept up with him as well. The toll booths had arms that would fly up once the computer sensed the bus going through. He had it timed just right and would fly through. The first time we all gasped as we thought he was going to bust through the arm. Then we burst out laughing. He just grinned. On the way back he actually accelerated towards it. By this time we were all for this and were very disappointed when we got stuck behind a small delivery truck. Coming into the port we saw another arm and were egging him on but he had to stop because it was a manual arm. A lot of sighs and nuts to that! Guess we’re all kids at heart.
On the way to the first winery we passed large squares in the water. We saw them as we glided into port but couldn’t figure out what they were. They were raised just above the water so they didn’t look like fish farms but what else could they be? Turns out we weren’t far off. They were mussel farms. They would attach baby mussels to ropes that hung underneath and they would harvest them 18 months later.
The winery we went to is Granbazan Winery and the grapes they grow are Albarino grapes which makes a white wine. They have a winery outside of Valencia that makes red and we got to taste one red. But this place focuses on the white.
It was a lovely place. The way they grow the grapes is horizontally up off the ground so it makes a canopy and allows the air to circulation round the grapes. Notice at the bottom right of the photo there is a red car. They parked their cars under the grapes!
Nearly every home we drove by, no matter the size of their yard, had some sort of crops growing. Those that grew grapes would sell some to this winery and keep some to make their own wine. Even in the villages we would come across what looked like mini churches. These held the grains for the winter. They are built up off the ground to keep the critters out.
After a tour of the winery and how they make the wine it was time for the tasting. My favourite part. I’ve moved away from white wines and prefer red but I really enjoyed their whites. Crisp and not too sweet which is the way I like it.
A select amount of the wine would be oak aged but most of their whites weren’t oak aged.
After the tasting we retraced our steps to Cambados for a sort of second wine tasting. They took us to a hotel there where they had basic tapas and wine was out for us to have. A bit of a disappointment as I thought we were going to two wineries and I’ve been spoilt by the tapas thus far. The four of us then wandered the village a bit and found a pastry shop that sold meringue for a Euro. These things were massive so we split one between the four of us. Oh so delicious and one hell of a sugar rush. It was a neat little village so it’s on our list of where to return. Quiet streets with cafes and old world buildings.
We enjoyed our visit there and the whole cruise. It was bittersweet as we got to the end. We missed the kids like mad but we enjoyed ourselves very much experiencing new things and making new friends.