Discerning Spain Travelers
Featuring unique historical quality wine tours of
Spain's Rioja region

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About Your Hosts

Stephen Drake-Jones has been resident in Madrid since 1975. His research and activities in the history of the Peninsular War have been reported in History Today, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, El Pais, the Yorkshire Evening Press, in numerous magazines, and virtually every Spanish regional newspaper. Stephen has been the subject of the Discovery Channel's CENTRAL SPAIN, a BBC documentary, The Forks of War, and has recently completed two programs with Radio Nacional de España about his activities as chairman of the Wellington Society, including his favourite Spanish food and wines! In August 2001 he was the historical adviser to the BBC's documentary, Wellington, THE IRON DUKE. This three part program will be screened in February 2002.

He has led tours of major historical cities such as Segovia, Aranjuez, Toledo, Salamanca and Avila; also Waterloo, Paris and the South of France; London and York. In addition, he has guided tour parties around the major Peninsular battlefields of Spain. In Madrid he lectures, leads tours of old Madrid for members of the Society, and arranges gourmet dinner evenings in the many fine restaurants of the city. His audiences have included schools, diplomatic staff, including British and American ambassadors, exchange students, international companies and discerning travellers to Spain.

Connie Czeschin has experience in many aspects of the wine industry, from several years working in grape production to managing a small regional winery. Her fields of study have included French varietals, Oregon and Washington Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, and German red wines. These studies have led her to explore the Spanish wine regions of the Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Toro. She has a particular interest in understanding the intricacies of successful vineyard management, including irrigation, trellising, and pruning, as well as production and fermentation methods in Spain.

Her interest in Spanish wines grew from a desire to observe traditional and modern methods of production. Spain offers many examples of both, often combining centuries old wine-making techniques with the newest equipment.

Her desire to understand traditional and modern methods of production led her Spain. On Discerning Spain Travelers wine tours, she will show you many examples of both, as well some wineries which combine centuries old wine making techniques with the newest equipment to produce truly spectacular wines.