young region of Ribera de Duero is a reference for exceptional red
The wines produced
in this region are among the finest in Spain. Already in the XII
century, the monks of Cluny were growing grapes along the river
bank of Duero to produce wine. Ribera de Duero, in the heart of
Castilla-León, is the old land of castillos or castles.
The vineyards are mostly concentrated in the north part of the Duero.
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.
is enjoyed in beautiful old towns like Burgos, Segovia, Peñaranda,
Peñafiel or Pedraza, that will bring you back
in time. Burgos, the old head of Castilla, has one of the
most impressive gothic cathedrals of Spain, and it is also a lively
town where shopping for local products and handcrafted items is
as exciting as looking for the most fashionable stuff. Segovia,
with the cathedral, the Aqueduct and the Alcazar will show you the
history of this country. 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 lots of 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 have remained working since centuries ago and drinking
a glass of wine with one of the owners is an unforgettable experience.
The visit to Ribera de Duero won't be complete without the tasting
of the famous roasted lamb. We will also go out an evening for the
traditional Spanish tapas and wine.