Walking through wine country along the Via la Plata, Spain

new vineyards in Extremadura Spain, along the Via la Plata
new vineyards in Extremadura Spain, along the Via la Plata

We had another day of walking while a harsh cold wind blew in our face! But the country side is beautiful.

We are traveling through the province of Extremadura, and I have read that the wine history goes back to the Romans times. Vineyards are Olive groves are plentiful in this area, and the new fields are evidence of the importance of wine as a commodity.

It is early in the spring,

The grape vines are just starting to sprout new leaves and reach for the sun.

new grape leaves, a sign of spring.
new grape leaves, a sign of spring.

Farmers are working the fields tilling between the rows of grape vines.

farmer driving a tractor, tilling the land between rows of grape vines
farmer driving a tractor, tilling the land between rows of grape vines

At the end of the day we enjoy the fruits of their labor as a reward for ours.

red wine on a table with olives
red wine on a table with olives

 

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6 thoughts on “Walking through wine country along the Via la Plata, Spain

  1. Love. The tender light green leaves are so beautiful: you’ve captured their translucent delicacy so well.
    And yes, I’d love a glass of wine and an olive, too!

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  2. Hi Janice! A couple of days of lower temps and wind blowing in your face? How about 6 – 10 cm of snow!!! LOL. I love the European Vineyards… the rows of green, grape filled vine undulating into the distance. The best part, of course, is the obligatory tasting with the owners! 🙂

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  3. Hi! The photo of the vinto tinto made me wonder – are there pilgrim’s menus (with copious amounts of vino tinto) along the Via de la Plata like there is along the Frances?

    Kendra

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    1. Hi Kendra, we have been eating our main meal of the day at “lunch” time; sometime between 2 and 4 pm, as the Spanish do. so I can’t speak to the “pilgrim’s meal” specifically. We are finding that dinner is much later and starts about 8:30 pm. When we are getting up early to walk, this is too late for a big meal, so we eat our big meal in the afternoon, and we share a salad and a Racion in the evening. The beer and wine is about 1 euro a glass, or at least that has been our experience, so we are finding that we can eat and drink for about the same price as the pilgrim meal on the Camino Francis, and it has all been very tasty!

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