I have travelled around much of Spain yet Seville still holds a special place in my heart. The culture, people and gastronomy are exceptional. Focusing on the latter, the amount of restaurants that serve quality traditional and modern dishes are unreal. For wine tasting in Europe Seville is hard to beat. You really will eat and drink well here, and if like me, you will have to loosen your belt too. The quality is impeccable, the service very friendly (most speak English) and all wallet friendly. But yes, I won't lie there are some tourist traps. All-in-all, Seville is a great place for a wine tour in Europe. I will explain why.
I started the Friday in Seville, checking in at the beautiful Hotel Inglaterra with an amazing lunch at Casaplata. Casaplata, I think, translates as 'the house of silver', and once you step through you will see why... The walls are painted chic concrete grey, with a tasteful mix of oak and metal furniture. It's very 'instagram-able'. The menu is mainly made up of large plates, rather than tapas, and is a fusion of the typical Sevillian fair. You will not be disappointed with this place; there is something for every one. Try the octopus, the venison carpaccio or the Iberian ham -- you can't go wrong enough. Though centrally based, it's off the beaten path - perfect.
Then end the night flamenco. There are may places to see it, wherever in the city your based.
The next day, I arranged my own walking tour of culture in the city including the Plaza de Espana and the Seville Cathedral. In the afternoon I started with a few glasses of sherry and then headed over to Mimo Seville. Okay, we admit this is not a restaurant per see, but it is definitely worth us noting. Mimo is based in the extravagant Alfonso XIII Hotel which hosts wine tasting at Mimo with Spanish food to accompany. With an experienced wine expert, we were taken through six Andalusian wines starting with a Fino sherry and ending with a Pedro Ximenez. The boar pate, ewe cheese and the meat platter were delicious pairings, especially since swilled down with copious amounts of wine.
At the end of the night I fancied a late night snack and a late night tipple. So I headed to Zelai. This place is modest with an oriental vibe - there are a few table seats available but the bar stools are where the action is. The bar over looks the kitchen and the bar where the waiters and chefs are full of energy and fun. The service, again is English friendly but not touristy. Most diners were Spanish but, like the city, the place was full of Anglophiles. I ordered octopus with plankton rice - delicious - but the cod fritters are not to be missed.
I think you see why I recommend Seville as a great destination for a wine tour in Europe.