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Discussion in '612/599' started by LarryBrophy, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. LarryBrophy

    LarryBrophy Rookie

    Apr 27, 2014
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    Trivial question but when the world gets back to normal, assuming I survive as I have heart issues, I'm taking the 612 from Ireland to Spain (normally would take something more practical).

    Has anyone worked out the maximum number of bottles of wine you can fit in the boot/trunk of the 612?
     
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  3. greyboxer

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    Be sure to go to López de Heredia Viña Tondonia in Haro & stock up
     
  4. flat_plane_eddie

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    Please post pics WHEN (not if) you make this trip.
     
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    Amazing trip. I hope you get to do it before 2021


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  6. tomc

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    I know from personal experience that you can fit 3.5 cases of wine - mostly champagne - in a 1995 Ford Escort GT!
    So, you should be able to fit at least that many in a Scag!

    T

    P.s. I'd fit in a side trip to Portugal for some of their wines.
     
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  8. Themaven

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    What time of year will you do this trip? An hour parked up in the Spanish sun between June and September will be enough to turn your Pingus into vinegar. Does the boot of a 612 get hot from the diff? That could cook your wines from the bottom up. On non-stop summer trips I have used the rear seats, under a blanket, with AC on - no AC in the boot. For individual bottles (not cases) picnic cooler boxes are good as they are thermal insulators. Most high quality wine estates in Europe don't ship between June and October. Be careful of exposure to UV - even a couple of minutes of sunlight can destroy the taste of a good wine. Beware temperature fluctuations. A boot that swings between 30 degrees by day and 5 degrees by night as you wend your way through the Duero in Autumn for a week will also be a boot full of vinegar.
    In general, with fine wine, go on the tour, enjoy the wine, and get it shipped back professionally. Unlike your 612, you can't fix it when it's broke. But if you buy it all on your last day and take precautions, you could be fine.
    And if you buy sherry, port or brandy..its bulletproof.
     
  9. LarryBrophy

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  10. LarryBrophy

    LarryBrophy Rookie

    Apr 27, 2014
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    Firstly, thanks everyone for their input, very much appreciated.

    I've been all around the Rioja region 2 years ago and brought back over 100 bottles. We're getting through them at a ridiculous rate now that we are in lockdown.

    I see that López de Heredia Viña Tondonia is right beside Roda, will definitely drop in there next time. Last time I was in Haro I went to Roga, Muga and CVNE.
    Also stayed in the Marques de Riscal hotel, well recommended if anyone is in that region.

    I'll get the ferry from Ireland to Spain, probably around October as it isn't as hot, this time it would be good to hit north Portugal and hug the coast of Spain to get there. I'll only spend two days in Rioja on the way back.

    Themaven, I've done a couple of cannonballs with the 612 and never noticed the boot getting warm so I might be ok but I'll double check it the next time I take it for a long trip, in fairness the back seat option might be the way to go, will see.

    The wife wants to take the Land Rover and it was great the last time, very practical. But after the last few months, I'm thinking, **** it, life is too short and go with the 612. I'll probably just book the ferry with the 612 and not tell her :)

    Eddie, is that a French Bulldog? Looks great. We've a German Shepard and a mad tri colour collie.
     
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    Yessir a Frenchie! Not much room in the 612 for a German Shepherd and Collie haha
     
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  13. LarryBrophy

    LarryBrophy Rookie

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    That's what the Land Rover is for :)
     
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    #11 F3RN4ND0, Apr 5, 2020
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    I'd stop at Ribera del Duero too.
    Some very top-notch wineries there that I would say match or excel most Rioja wines .
    Roughly a non-stop two hours drive , I would make the most of it visiting Santo Domingo de Silos, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgo de Osma, San Esteban de Gormaz .. to finish at the strip between Aranda de Duero and Valladolid.. where, as I say, you will find marvelous wineries. Pago de Carraovejas in Peñafiel is a must.
    Regarding the trunck. I have travelled many times down to Marbella from Madrid with my 599 and unfortunately everything in the trunck gets hot. You will spoil your wine.
     
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  15. LarryBrophy

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    Many thanks for the recommendations. There are just many good options in that part of the world, Pago de Carraovejas looks fantastic. I can see a few more trips will be required to make the most of the region.
     
  16. Themaven

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    Larry, stay healthy and enjoy the trip. If you want to extend the driving experience, it's a fantastic drive from La Rioja, via the Duero, and then either east to the Penedes vineyards in Catalunya (also home to excellent wines), or down the Duero valley to where it becomes the Portugese Duoro, which has some lovely accommodations also. You will end up needing a trailer for the 612..or using the excellent temperature controlled courier services many good wineries offer now, and freeing up your back seats for some jamon.
     
  17. LarryBrophy

    LarryBrophy Rookie

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    Don't get me started on jamon.

    It's really practical (Land Rover) v crazy fun (612)

    Stay safe everyone.
     

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