The Ribera del Duero is one of Spain’s world renowned wine regions and at a 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 enjoy great popularity today, thanks mostly to the great efforts of experienced growers and wine makers from the area.
There are so many wineries 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 for centuries and drinking a glass of wine with one of the owners is an unforgettable experience.
(Please note that this itinerary is an example only and may be subject to change. Selection and order of the wineries depends on availability)
9.15 am - Metting point: Paseo de la Infanta Isabel, 5 (Cafeteria La Gloria)
11.15 am - First Stop: Aranda de Duero, Aranda de Duero, Province of Burgos, Castile and Leon
You will do a full visit in the first winery, learning about winemaking in Ribera (riverside in Spanish), and understanding tempranillo wine from the grape to the bottle. First stop will be one of the most representative wineries in the region, where you will taste the freshness and elegance of their aged wines, feeling the extraordinary complexity of this land. Please note that this itinerary is an example only and may be subject to change.
13.00 pm - Second Stop: Sotillo de la Ribera, Sotillo de la Ribera, Province of Burgos, Castile and Leon
The second winery is in harmonious modernity with the environment; it is open to the vineyards. This link between the interior and the exterior in a statement of the necessary functionality of spaces, nature and history. Everything stands up as a new concept of wine. We always select wineries that are different, mixing tradition and modernity, to get a broad understanding of one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Please note that this itinerary is an example only and may be subject to change.
14.30 pm - Lunch Time: Roa, Roa, Province of Burgos, Castile and Leon
There will be free time to have lunch at your own choice (lunch is not included in tour price: we do not impose a menu). You can lunch in a traditional restaurant with several options of Castilian regional food ranging from tapas, a light lunch or a full 3-course lunch (approx. budget: tapas 12/15€, full 3-course 30€). Duration: 1h
16.00 pm - Third Stop: Curiel de Duero, Curiel de Duero, Province of Valladolid, Castile and Leon
Third winery: a medieval underground cellar, with a total length of about 4 mi and excavated about 40 ft deep (networks of incredible tunnels that run through the subsoil of the city and are intended for the preservation of wines that have been made since the Middle Age). Here, we will learn part of the history of the Ribera del Duero. Please note that this itinerary is an example only and may be subject to change. Note that the order of the wineries and locations change depending on the day.
4.45 pm - Back to Madrid
After the scenic stops, all that remains is to relax and enjoy the return to Madrid. The arrival will take place around 20h. The Ribera del Duero Wine Tour from Madrid, ends at the original meeting point. Get back to Madrid with the memory full of great flavors and wonderful experiences. The duration of the tour is between 10 to 11 hours depending on the traffic in Madrid.
- Local bilingual expert guide (bilingual tour if necessary)
- Snacks, "tapas" in each winery
- Transportation from Madrid in an air conditioned minivan
- Visits to three wineries
- Wine tasting (minimum of three wines in each winery)
- Lunch (tapas 12/15€, 3 course meal 30€)
At the front door of the cafetería of hotel Claridge, next to the main door of the hotel.
Plaza del Conde de Casal, 6, 28007 Madrid
Closest Metro Station: Conde de Casal (Line 6)
Fully refundable up to 24 hours before departure.