The Fallas – the Most Unusual of all Valencia events
Perhaps the most famous of Valencia events, las Fallas is a festival held every year in March, with the main events taking place between March 15th-19th. The origins of the Fallas date back to the 15th century when local artisans and carpenters burnt the scraps of timber that they had left after their winter work. They would burn them at the intersection of two streets and welcome in the lighter months of Spring. Over the years, people began writing little snippets of gossip about their neighbours or local people on the pieces of timber. Nowadays, this tradition has developed somewhat so that the gossip written on the wood has now transformed into immense structures presenting ironic or comical portrayals of international figures such as politicians. These figures are burnt and loud firecrackers called ‘petardos‘ are set off in the streets. Colour, fire and bangs are the sights and sounds associated with this most unique of Valencia events.
The fiesta is one of the most popular Valencia events and attracts thousands of visitors every year. If you’re interested in coming at that time of year then why not enjoy the Fallas from above? Join us for a food and wine tasting at the highest terrace in the city, overlooking the City of Arts and Sciences, and admire the sights and sounds below you. A truly unique and memorable experience.
Sports events: Valencia Marathon
Every November, Valencia hosts its famous marathon, a 26 mile route through many of the main sights in Valencia such as the Turia Gardens, University buildings, football stadium and historic quarter. Most spectacular of all are the start and finish points: both the City of Arts and Sciences. The race is very popular all around the world with competitors coming from far and wide to compete. It is also an incredibly flat route which has many perks for runners. Recently, they have introduced a 10k race that takes place in conjunction with the marathon.
Below are some pictures taken from the location of the food and wine tasting element of our food tours. It is the highest terrace in Valencia which overlooks the entire city and offers particularly remarkable views of the City of Arts and Sciences. If running the marathon doesn’t sound like your thing then why not join us to watch it from above!
Food and Wine Tasting Events – the Most Special of all Valencia Events
No matter at what time of year you are planning to visit Valencia, we guarantee that there will be a food and wine tour event going on since here at Sea Saffron we run tours and special events all year round. If you are a fan of modern architecture then why not join us in exploring the City of Arts and Sciences. If you are into history or want to go to an event that will allow you to explore all the main historical sights in the city then we would love to take you on a tour around Valencia Old Town. If you’re looking to explore nature and learn more about the birthplace of paella, then we recommend you check out our Albufera Valencia tour.
All of our tour events conclude with perhaps the most special and spectacular of all the Valencia events: an evening spent tasting local wines and freshly prepared Valencian dishes whilst you watch the sun setting over the entire city from the highest terrace in Valencia. Click below to find out more about this unique culinary experience.
Orange Wine: a Favourite at Valencia Events
Orange wine, though not a new concept, is seeing a rise in popularity as it becomes increasingly fashionable in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. It has been around for a long time and now you can find many different varieties. Here in the Valencian Community, where oranges represent such an important local product, we have several different types of orange wine from several different types of orange. For the interest of those of you who share our love of wine, we have included an extended section below on orange wine, detailing what different types of orange wines are like and offering a comparison between Valencian orange wines and others around the world. We hope this will leave you eager to taste them for yourself and we are sure that at many Valencia events and other events round the world you will be able to do so. If you’d like to try them at one of our wine tasting events held at the highest terrace in the city, overlooking the City of Arts and Sciences then we would be delighted to welcome you and to explain some more about them.
Types of Orange Wine
Orange wines can be made through different processes:
True orange wines
White wine grape varieties partially macerated in contact with the grape skins (as it happens with red wines) to produce usually dry wines. This is the most common type of orange wine; basically, white wines made like red wines, with prolonged maceration of crushed grape, skins and seeds. It is therefore opposite to rosé production process which is made from red wine grapes. Georgia has a tradition of thousands of years that has now extended to several European countries, New Zealand and California.
Sweet white wines in contact with orange peel
White wine grape varieties are macerated with orange peel to obtain sweet wines. Orange wines from Condado de Huelva (Appellation of Origin -AOC-) are the main reference in this type of wine. Other muscat wines along the Spanish Mediterranean coast sometimes share similar principles (Málaga e.g.) but do not have AOC.
Wine made from orange juice
A well-known home made sample of this kind is made in South Africa. Valencia is also producing now this kind of wine.
True Orange Wines
Georgia and Spain
Chinuri is a white grape variety from the Kartli region. It is used to produce sparkling and still wines. Producers of traditional wines include Iago Wines and Gotsa Family Wines. Iago’s Chinuri has been considered at the top of the Vogue’s list of orange wines. They are delicious apéritifs, and pair with green salads, boiled white meats and fish.
Some classy Spanish wines are now made with these techniques such as Porcellànic Xarel.lo OrangeBi 2012 in La Llaona (Penedès) and Kilómetro Cero 2011 in Nieva (Segovia).
a) Tinajas de la Mata 2014 in Torrevieja (Alicante). Ecological wine made of Merseguera (60%) and Muscat of Alexandria (35%) with minimum intervention which may provoke some cloudiness. Keep the bottle in an upright position for several hours before serving. Ideal for pairing with rice dishes, fish, seafood, pâté and cheeses.
b) Tardana Orange 2015 in La Portera (Utiel-Requena). It is produced by natural procedures, a little cloudy but very easy to drink. It goes well with salads and canned vegetables.
Orange Wines from White Wine Grapes + Orange Peel
Condado de Huelva
Generoso (fortified) wine already referenced by the poet Juan Ramón Jiménez (Platero and I) a century ago. This wine is the only orange wine in Europe protected by an Appellation of Origin. It is usually made from Pedro Ximénez and Muscat. Orange wine from Málaga follows the same process as the one from Huelva.
Although there also are pure muscat wines in Valencia, this region is well-known because of its Mistela, made from the grape Muscat of Alexandria with addition of alcohol. These grapes can also produce vermouth, dry and semi-sweet wines as well. The main regions are Marina Alta and the towns of Montserrat, Cheste, Chiva, Turis and Godelleta.
Orange Wines from Oranges
Rottcher orange wines have a long history since 1916. Kurt Rottcher first changed sweet wines by potent dry and semi-sweet wines. In 1967, Kurt established Rottcher Wineries.
After him, the new owners produced sweet orange wine which was called Avalencia. It was made from pure orange juice and cane sugar and was produced in the same way as wine.
In 2008, under new ownership, Rottcher Wineries relocated to White River and Frank Theron started with liqueurs and gin.
Orange wine made in Naranjas Ché (Family Antelo-Mencheta) from pure orange juice resembling Rottcher’s old process. They use ecological oranges from Camp de Morvedre and have varieties with orange, tangerine, sanguine and grapefruit. They can be paired with chocolat, snacks, light foods, cocktails and desserts.
One of the most interesting recent projects, from Gandia, as an orange liqueur.
“…come september, if the devil does not water the feast, it fills this cup, to the edge of orange wine and spilled nearly always as a generous heart.”
“…llegado septiembre, si el diablo no agua la fiesta, se colma esta copa, hasta el borde, de vino naranja y se derrama casi siempre como un corazón generoso.”
Juan Ramón Jiménez, “Platero and I” (1914)
We hope this little guide to some of the best Valencia events has been interesting and useful for you. We enjoyed compiling it because we enjoy promoting our favourite city and showing people that there really is something for everyone here. If you liked this post then why not check out our Valencia Sights post which will give you tips on where to get the best or more typical views of Valencia. Our ‘What to do in Valencia‘ list will also be useful for anyone looking to plan their vacation here. Happy reading!