The wine region of Carinena is about a 40-minute drive from Zaragoza on the A-23. Wine tourism is an emerging business here so you won’t find the glitz, or the crowds, of a more developed region. Carinena refers to a grape (carignan in the U.S.), the region and a town, where you’ll find Bodegas San Valero, which offers tours and tastings starting at about $11, including tapas, and a $32 option that comes with a full lunch in their newly opened restaurant. Weekends from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., phone 011-34-976-620-400.
Also in Carinena is Grandes Vinos y Vinedos, which has tastings and English-language tours starting at around $7 and includes a take-home bottle. Booking in advance highly recommended, phone 011-34-976-62-12-61 or www.grandesvinos.com