I was picked up on time as pre-arranged from my my apartment and taken to Ronda. We met another couple there for the tour and the itinerary was explained.
First vineyard, Chinchilla, was a 10 minute drive and when we arrived was greeted by the owner. Her English was quite good and Danni our driver was on hand if not. She was really passionate about the wine produced and explained the whole process as we went round. At the end we sat on the terrace overlooking the vineyard and tried three wines and with each wine a selection of tapas. After an introduction to each wine we were left to chat, enjoy the scenery, wine and food. It was a fantastic couple of hours.
I was then taken to Ronda where I spent a couple of hours. Danni explained a few tourist spots and things to do. If tou didn’t want to spend time in Ronda you have the option of doing a third vineyard tour. The couple on my tour did this.
A couple of hours passed and Danni picked me up and we all went to the second vineyard where we also had a fantastic lunch. Again the owner was very passionate about the wines he makes and does it organically. Also most of the food for lunch was homemade by his wife and from the garden. After a tour of the vineyard and an explanation of how it is all done organically we sat in their picturesque and quite courtyard for some wine tasting and lunch. We tried three wines and with each was an explanation and superb food. The same wines were served with the food (lots of food!!) comprising of three courses including tapas, Paella and dessert. All the food was outstanding and every time she bought some more you could see she had enjoyed cooking it for us. Danni, the owner and his wife sat inside whilst we ate our lunch and talked about the day, then at the end joined us for a drink and a chat. Before we left the owner asked if we wanted to buy some and took us to a small building to look at the selection. I don’t normally agree with this, however he wasn’t pushy and with the passion he showed to his wine I bought two bottles. I bought two of the wines we had with lunch and at a very reasonable total of 20€.
I was then driven back to my apartment. The entire day was very enjoyable, done at a steady pace and in fantastic settings. I definitely recommend the tour and will do it again when I am next in Marbella.