AND WINE-TASTING WITH XÀBIA VIVA
3rd April 2013
Viva has organised a special day out for Sunday
14th April which combines a visit to the ruins of an
Iberian settlement with a trip to a vineyard where there
will be a chance to try a bit of wine-tasting.
remains of the Iberian settlement of La Bastida
de les Alcuses sit more than 720m atop an isolated,
elongated hill some 8km south-west of the town of Moixent,
just over 90 minutes drive inland from Jávea.
Although now in ruin, these remains, which date back
to the 4th century B.C.E., clearly demonstrate
what an impressive defensive enclosure it once was,
with huge fortified gates set into a turreted wall that
was in places more than three metres thick. Discovered
just over a century ago, the remarkable excavations
of the late 1920s uncovered the remains of a settlement so
impressive that was dubbed by the press of the
day as "the new Pompeii". A long central
street, running west to east along the top of the hill,
had other streets perpendicular to it with single-story
houses of various sizes. Of the discoveries made, some
of the most important include a bronze statue of a warrior
on horseback and some extraordinary inscriptions on a
lead sheet written in Tartessian Iberian alphabet which
had still to be deciphered. There was little more
activity until 1990 when the Museo de Prehistoria
de Valencia resumed the excavation work of the site
which was destroyed around 330 B.C.E, not long after
its founding, although by whom it was destroyed is
still not certain.
family of Bodegas Belda has been cultivating
vineyards near Fontanars dels Alforins since
1931, although the area as a whole boasts a winegrowing
tradition that goes back a long time. The south-facing
vineyards rooted in a limestone-layer drained, sandy
loan soil are cultivated in very characteristic
conditions which produce a slow ripening which, combined
with their care and dedication, produces a quite unique organoleptic
wine. A new winery built entirely of reinforced concrete
and equipped with the latest technology allows them
to produce high quality wines in a huge underground
area where the temperature is kept constant throughout
the year. The bodega produces some 300,000 bottles of
wine each year.
Viva are offering this trip to its members for 19
euros for adults and 15 euros for children whilst, as
always, non-members are also invited at 23 euros and
19 euros respectively. The price includes the wine-tasting,
appetisers, salads, a main dish of paella of cod and
cauliflower as well as dessert, coffee and drinks. The
coach will be leaving the car-park in Avenida de Palmela
at 8.30am and returning to Jávea at about 6.00pm.
To register your interest and reserve a place, send
an email to Xàbia Viva at firstname.lastname@example.org
by Thursday 11th April.
more information of XÀBIA VIVA, click here.