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“Something out of the ordinary”
Review of Winebus

Winebus
Ranked #18 of 123 Food & Drink in Madrid
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Winebus is a Travel Agency located in Madrid, Spain. We propose to enjoy a different experience going from Madrid to nearby attractive wineries, not having to drive, tasting wonderful wines, with a nice story behind it. It is also the possibility of relating to others in beautiful cities with very good cuisine and culture. We offer also activities that can be a good complement to the visit to wineries such a visit to a medieval town or and old catedral, a castle or even a breathtaking landscape. What ever we do as a complement we try to do it with a glass in hand because we strongly believe that everything is much more beautiful with a glass of wine in hand. People who have already been with us say in general they have enjoyed with their 5 senses, that they will do it again, that they will recommend it to others. We propose tours on the day almost every day of the week. Also taylor made and private tours, longer and shorter, Less hours, more days.
Reviewed January 3, 2015

The winebus is good for someone who is looking to venture away from the usual tour offerings. The group is usually smaller than a bus, more like a van. Ignacio takes you to a small winery near Madrid. Quite often the winery is a labor of love on the part of the owners. The wines are practically hand made, in small batches. You will meet local Spanish people, experience the Spanish country side, enjoy a Spanish lunch, followed by an activity before returning to Madrid. He does all the driving, translates the Spanish into English, and we learn how the locals live. The two trips I took were mushroom hunting in the wooded hills, accompanied by an expert in mushrooms, and a visit to Segovia (with the famous Roman aqueduct which is still functioning) , and lunch on tapas and wine. It is a fine way to spend a Saturday getting to know some real Spanish flavor.

Check out his trips every Saturday. I'm sure you will find something that interests you.

Date of experience: December 2014
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igsegma, Gerente at Winebus, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2015

Hello. Thank you for your comment. We are very pleased from what you have said about the Winebus. And much more reading that you who have been not once but twice. You mention about doing “Something out of the ordinary”.
“Once a year, go to a place you've never been”. This is a recommendation I have read recently, and that is what we, at the winebus are looking for our visitors… “To be in a place or to live an experience” as if was the first time they had it". We do not get it always but we have this in mind.
The world of wine and its surroundings have so much to show… We expect to see you gain soon. Regards. :)

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

What makes this excursion (more wine van than wine bus in our case due to a smaller number of participants) special is that Ignacio strives to combine a wine outing with a Spanish "special place" visit. On our trip, we enjoyed the beautiful town of Cuenca after our educational winery tour and generous tasting. It was basically 3 trips in 1: winery and tasting; guided walking tour of Cuenca; and participation in Cuenca's delicious "hot pot" restaurant crawl (which included delicious dishes at several local eateries). Throughout the trip, hard-working Ignacio interpreted wherever only Spanish was spoken. Before the ride home, we enjoyed a spectacular evening view of illuminated Cuenca from across the gorge with a wine toast. My wife and I found it lovely and romantic. Only one thing could be improved: we were slightly rushed getting from the winery to the walking tour, which meant that the restaurant crawl felt slightly hurried. But everyone got plenty to eat (and some wonderful accompanying lunchtime wines), so the tradeoff in favor of packing more into the day was worth it. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: November 2014
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igsegma, Gerente at Winebus, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2015

Thank you very much for your comment. Our main goal in our tours is that people enjoy from our proposal with their 5 senses at 100%. After having tried that we try to offer a perfect tour, perfect in schedule and in time spent in each activity. When we get these two goals together we feel very happy. I think we are closed to get it quite often but it is you who has to decide if we have succeeded or not. We are learning from our visitors in every tour in how to improve the experience for the next tour. I expect to see you again soon. :)

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Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Had a wonderful day. ..Ignacio your Passion for Spanish Wines is impressive. ...What a day. ...
When in Madrid add The Wine Bus to most see!!

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igsegma, Manager at Winebus, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2014

Thank you for your comment Alan. We also had a wonderful day. I am still having a debate on the two wineries we visited in La Mancha. Your passion and knowledge of wine is not smaller than mine. You know you have the doors of the Winebus open whenever you come back to Madrid. We hope to see you soon. :)

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Reviewed October 3, 2014

We took the tour of the Spanish wine country on our last day vision Madrid. What a perfect way to end our trip. Ignacio was our very gracious and knowledgable tour guide. In addition to the tour of the wine country and winery, we visited a small Spanish town and, with Ignacio's guidance, sampled the most delicious and authentic tapas. I recommend this tour if you would like to see a part of Spain that most tourists don't get to see.

Date of experience: September 2014
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igsegma, Manager at Winebus, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2014

Thank you very much for your comment. It was a pleasure to take to a winery and then to have tapas in Aranda de Duero. I expect to see you again soon. Say to our common friend that I expect to see her and her family in Spain whenever it is suitable. Regards.

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Reviewed September 29, 2014

while ignacio is a nice enough man, his so-called winebus tour is a joke... a very expensive and not very funny joke!.. i've done wine tours everywhere from california to chile to france and this was NOT a wine tour but an unequivocal disaster... before you spend (a lot of!!!) your money on this garbage, take 2 minutes to read my correspondence with igancio and i guarantee you will think twice about it... STAY AWAY!!!

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igancio, what you sold us was a pile of garbage (i'm sorry to use such strong language as you were clearly trying your best, but we were not paying for your best, we were paying for a wine tour!)... what you sold us was completely misrepresented - what exactly makes this "wine"bus and not just "bus"?.. where was the wine?.. you packed us like sardines on a 2-hour drive to what you call a winery?.. neo bodegas is NOT a winery!!! it's a bottling plant! (and a really terrible one at that).. a winery has vineyards where grapes are grown!.. when one tours a real winery he's educated about different types of grapes and how they're grown, not just how they're processed (and bottled)!.. and after 2 hours in a hot bus we weren't even offered a welcoming glass of wine!!! i had to ask you for water!!!!! are you kidding me?.. 2 hours in a bus and then 30 people using a single toilet? is that a joke?!??!!! then another hour of "touring" the factory and after that i had to argue with you about white wine? your response to me is that you respect the winemaker! I'M the client, I'M the one who paid for this "tour" so your respect should be to ME and my wife and my parents!.. that red wine was undrinkable!.. absolute swill and i don't see why after 3 hours i'm forced to drink it if i don't like it!.. then i asked you nicely about taking wine on the "wine"bus and you clearly stated to me that i just need to be careful with the glasses (which in itself is ridiculous - i'm a grown man, not a child!) to which i replied that i've prepared plastic cups (drinking wine out of plastic is ridiculous!!! but still i was trying to cooperate)... but when you insulted my family in front of the entire bus by making us leave our wine (in plastic cups) before getting on the bus, that was the last straw!!! how dare you???!!!

the dinner?.. another joke!.. disgusting dry sandwiches (at 3.50 each for which you charged us 5E!) wrapped in tinfoil and of course i did NOT receive the sandwiches i ordered... which was just as well as they were inedible!.. i clearly asked you at least 3-4 times about my wife's salad (she's a vegetarian and we made it very clear to you!) - and it was NOT what she ordered!!! 8E for tuna salad that we threw away!.. no instructions from you when we we're supposed to eat any of this so my parents wound up eating dry sandwiches on the bus with not even anything to drink!!! i was dumb enough to wait until pedraza - eating a sandwich that was "hot" an hour earlier but now cold and disgusting, standing up while being pushed by thousands of people????? that's your idea of a "nice picnic"????

now to pedraza... another disaster!.. you sold us 3 hours of white wine and music - where was the music??? i'm sure it was wonderful if we arrived in time but we didn't!!! plaza mayor was not full of music but full of trash!!! by that time we were so tired and hungry we just wound up eating at one of the restaurants!!!

Date of experience: June 2014
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igsegma, Manager at Winebus, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2014

Thank you very much for your comment. We regret you did not like the tour in which you joined us. We put our best efforts to that tours are the best possible experience.

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