The Ribera del Duero is one of Spain’s world renowned wine regions and at just 1.5 hours drive from Madrid it is easily accessible on a wine tasting day tour. The wines produced in this region are among the finest in Spain.
The monks of Cluny were growing grapes along the river bank of Duero to produce wine way back in the 12th century. Ribera del Duero wines today are enjoying great popularity, thanks mostly to the great efforts of experienced growers and wine makers from the area.
Although the nowadays famous Ribera wine is red, from the native variety Tinta Fina or Tinto del País, there are three other well-known wine varieties in the region: white in Rueda, red in Toro and claret and red in Cigales.
Wine is enjoyed in beautiful old towns like Burgos, Segovia, Peñaranda, Peñafiel or Pedraza, that have not changed in centuries. Burgos, the old head of Castilla, has one of the most impressive gothic cathedrals of Spain, and is a great place to shop for local products and handcrafted items. In the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, you can listen to the Gregorian chant of the monks. In a perfect combination of the old and the new the famous castle (castillo) of Peñafiel is now the home of a newly opened wine museum.
There are so many bodegas in this area that deserve a visit, that we have made a good selection for you. From the famous underground bodegas in Aranda to the well-known modern wineries of Ribera. Aranda, like many towns in the region, is practically hollow underneath, since the bodegas were tunnelled deep into the earth to help the temperature control and stability needed for wine storage. Although many fell into disuse, some have been recovered for visiting or for wine production. Visiting an old wine cellar that has remained working since centuries ago and drinking a glass of wine with one of the owners is an unforgettable experience.
The wineries selection depends on the availability
Example of Itinerary
9.00 am - Hotel Pick up
11.00 am - Visit a traditional winery
1.00 pm - Visit a modern winery
2.30 pm - Lunch at Lagar de San Vicente in Peñafiel
4.00 pm - Cultural visit to an important monument or castle nearby
4.45 pm - Back to Madrid
6.30 pm - Arrive at Madrid
- Transportation from Madrid in an air conditioned minivan
- Visits to three wineries
- Expert bilingual local wine guide
- Snacks of cheese or iberico products at each winery
- Wine tastings in all the wineries (minimum of 2 wines in each winery)
- Lunch (tapas 12/15€, 3 course meal 30€)
At the door of Cafetería La Gloria. Next by the Hotel NH ATOCHA
Metro: Atocha Renfe
Fully refundable up to 24 hours before departure