Spend a Week in Spain’s Rioja and Basque Regions


Imagine what it would be like to sample wine straight from the barrel in Spain.

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SDSU's College of Extended Studies Professional Wine and Cuisine
Immersion provides unique and exclusive experiences.

How about dining in an ancient wine cave, medieval village, or modernist pintxos bars?

Or having a guided visit to a contemporary wine cave, walking through vineyards by the sea, or learning the harvest process?

These experiences – and many more – can be yours as part of the Professional Wine & Cuisine Immersion in the Rioja and Basque regions of Spain on May 6-12, 2017. The trip is the first ever in the new Wine Education Abroad division of the SDSU College of Extended Studies professional certificate program in the Business of Wine.

“If you ever wanted to explore the wine and food of Spain and have someone take you to places you cannot get to on your own, this trip is for you,” said Deborah Lazear, CSW, a certified Spanish wine educator who will provide 12 hours of instruction during this fascinating excursion.

EXCLUSIVE, TAILORED ITINERARY

In addition, the tour is led by Spanish guide Ana Gabriela Serra who specializes in providing tailored itineraries in this region.

Deborah Lazear
Deborah Lazear is a certified
Spanish wine educator.

“This trip is very exclusive,” Lazear said. “Our tour guide has created relations with wineries that are not open to the public but will be open to us.”

Students will travel by private transportation, enjoy private sommelier-level tours, experience private tours of vineyards and museums, and have private daily wine classes. Their instruction time will count toward one elective or intensive course in the Business of Wine program.

“Spain is not New World; it’s Old World,” Lazear said. “Students will get a first-hand experience of how history has molded wine in Spain and influenced the world.”

Cost per person is $2,938 (double occupancy) or $3,278 (single occupancy). Airfare is not included. The first trip deposit is due Nov. 14, 2016. There is also a $299 course registration fee due to SDSU.

For more information, email wine@mail.sdsu.edu or visit neverstoplearning.net/winetravel.