Have you come to Spain expressly to eat as much nutty, red jamón ibérico as possible? This tour is for you. This incredible day trip will take you closer than you ever dreamed to jamón ibérico and the artisans that craft it.
Start your day by traipsing through the forest of the dehesa, holm oaks and acorns underfoot, to get a glimpse of the famous black leg Iberian pig. This protected race makes the best ham, and on this tour you will see it in its natural habitat, before moving onto the more delicious part of the process.We step into one of the best bodegas in Spain, where visitors will learn the process of crafting this celebrated charcuterie. Watch the maestros, a handful of artisans, at work, hanging and inspecting the ham by hand every day. They will take you underground, to the 130-year-old cellar—a veritable cathedral of Spanish ham. After your crash course in its elaboration, we will sit for a glass of sherry and a tasting of jamón, where you will learn which part of the leg is your favorite and even be able to have your hand at carving a slice (under the close supervision of one of the world’s best carvers). We finish our trip to the dehesa as we should, around a table. Visit a local, traditional restaurant in a village of 330 inhabitants, where we will tuck in to a lunch rich with the ham that we have just enjoyed.Includes: Visit to the dehesa, introduction to the famous Iberian pig, guided visit to the curing bodegas of one of the best Iberian ham producers, jamón tasting and demonstration by expert carver, ham degustación lunch at a local restaurant, wines, transportation