This trip unfolds like a 1950’s romance, only now you’re the stars. Explore the best that Spain has to offer from its cosmopolitan centers to remote vineyards. Experience art, architecture, cuisine, and culture with the savvy aid of private local guides. And then, after you’re back home, enjoy an incredible dinner in your personal abode hosted by either the winemaker or estate manager of Bodega Numanthia!
Your story begins with a close-up of Termanthia, Bodega Numanthia’s legendary wine. Created from a single plot of 120-year-old vines, this most coveted of Spanish wines is harvested, sorted and de-stemmed by hand and crushed by foot. It’s the ultimate expression of couture winemaking. Take home 225 Liters of the 2014 vintage plus the original barrel, customized with choice of LOEWE leather, embossed with your initials.
In addition to the LOEWE and Termanthia barrel and a Magnum of 2012 Termanthia, you’re the featured players in a drama replete with Spanish Heritage, directed by the LOEWE and Bodega Numanthia houses. Business Class flights will transport one couple in comfort to Madrid for two nights’ accommodations at the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques Madrid. Upon arrival, a chauffeur will whisk you to the heart of Madrid to discover the city’s best kept secrets.
Your star treatment commences with a privately guided tour of Madrid and its most famous neighborhoods: let yourself be enchanted by a “chocolate con churros” in the oldest chocolatery of the town or enjoy a cocktail on top of the Círculo de las Bellas Artes rooftop. The celebration continues at the Two-starred Michelin restaurant, El Club Allard, where inspired dishes will be paired with a vertical tasting of the wines of Bodega Numanthia.
The following day in Madrid will be tailored to your interests. Options to consider: a guided city tour of the ancient cities of Salamanca or Avila, a flamenco show in the heart of Madrid, a private Spanish Tapas cooking class, or tours of El Prado and Reina Sofia museums.
After two days in Madrid, a private chauffeur will whisk the couple to Bodega Numanthia, where a tasting and lunch precede a vineyard tour. In order to survive Toro’s dry climate, the vines are bush-trained and planted ten feet apart, providing space for the roots to dive deep into the soil. Sourced from 50 to 100-year-old vines, Numanthia is concentrated, intense and powerful. Selected from a single plot of more than 120-year-old vines, Termanthia is elegant, nuanced and complex—praised by international critics and adored by collectors. Bodega Numanthia estate director, Lucas Löwi will host the couple for their winery tour.
The Bodega Numanthia epic continues with one night’s accommodations at the Castillo del Buen Amor in Salamanca. This 15th-century castle evokes an aura of “Good Love” in every room, every terrace, every tower. A sumptuous dinner at the Castillo’s restaurant is the perfect conclusion to the couple’s immersion in this iconic wine region.
Then the story shifts to the north, not far from the French border—to San Sebastián. San Sebastián, or Donostia, been one of Spain ́s most elegant and fashionable seaside resorts for more than a century; and it’s the ideal location from which to explore the Basque Country. Once a small fishing village located along two sandy bays with very white beaches, it offers quiet, natural places just minutes from a bustling, fashionable city center.
Indulge in three nights at the five-star Hotel María Cristina. Since opening in 1912 the recently restored landmark has been closely linked to the history and cultural life of San Sebastián. The lavish Belle Époque interior is filled with soaring columns, 19th-century portraits, rich silk brocades and glorious chandeliers making for a truly opulent experience. You can just imagine the superstars who have preceded your appearance there.
The plot thickens when you immerse yourself in the emerging art scene, host city of the annual exhibition DonostiArtean and European Capital of Culture 2016. Explore a bounty of art galleries and ateliers. Meet local designers, illustrators, jewelers, painters and ceramists at their studios. Guided by your host Fanny Marino, learn about the technics, materials and know-how of both novel and consecrated artists.
Vastly superior to routine movie set catering, you’ll experience the Michelin-starred Restaurante Kokotxa and meet the chef. A very private “secret kitchen” experience includes dinner with local artists of the famous Basque cuisine. A special menu will be created especially for you.
When it’s time for the scenic montage section of your movie, a driver will take you through the beautiful landscapes of the Basque country to the city of Bilbao. This driving force of social and economic development is the main factor in the modernization of the Gulf of Biscay. Take in the ambitious architectural and infrastructure projects that have fueled the urban and financial regeneration of the city. The Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Concert Hall and Convention Center, the Underground by Norman Foster, the airport by Calatrava, the new tramway and other projects by architects such as Arata Isozaki and Cesar Pelli are all examples of the overwhelming vitality that permeates Bilbao. And you’ll explore them all in style with a local expert guide who will highlight both recent projects and the 700-year history of the historical quarter.
When production wraps and you jet back home, you’ve got the ultimate memories of the experience to look forward to.
It’s time for an Academy Award-winning performance…bid like a diva and claim your place in history!
INSIDER’S INFO: Visit to Spain to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates. All ground transportation is included throughout the stay. The barrel is equivalent to 25 cases of wine. Both the barrel and the bottles of wine will be shipped directly to the winning bidder’s home. The special dinner with Bodega Numanthia is to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates at the winning bidder’s home either in Naples, Florida or a metropolitan area in the United States. All costs of the dinner (staffing, rental equipment, food, etc.) is included. All experiences in San Sebastián and Bilbao are subject to availability at the time of scheduling.
Lucas Löwi of Bodega Numanthia, Katrina & Rick Kash, Made for Spain and Portugal and with thanks to Christin McKay, Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer