The best wineries to visit when in Spain
The best wineries to visit when in Spain
After having planned many trips on the Spanish wine routes, we can really appreciate that wine tourism continues to increase every year.
One of the main wine routes in Spain is undoubtedly the Ribera del Duero Wine Route, more than 100 km long which spans the provinces of Soria, Valladolid, Burgos and Segovia. There are many wineries that are part of this wine route articulated by the Douro River, and among them I encourage you to read this most visited and recognized article.
The first, the Bodegas Pradorey complex, which was built in the 16th century on the orders of Francisco Gómez Sandovaly Rojas, first duke of Lerma and minister to King Felipe III. Originally, it was built as a palace to accommodate the monarch during his recurring visits to the region to practice hunting, one of his great hobbies.
In 1989, the estate was bought by agricultural engineer Javier Cremades, but it was not until seven years later that it took off with the sale of the first vintage brand of red and rosé wines. Currently, Pradorey’s wineries have the most modern facilities for wine production in all its phases, including a modern temperature and fermentation control system called “Enocontrol”.
All these efforts have borne fruit in obtaining a product of designation of origin Ribera del Duero made from Tempranillo or Tinta Fina grapes ready to be tasted by wine lovers.
In a small promontory in the town of Castrillo de Duero from where you can enjoy an excellent panoramic view of the banks of the Douro and the vineyards that surround the area, are the Bodegas Cepa 21, a clear example of the evolution of the wine industry in Spain. The big attraction is the series of experiences they make available to tourists and visitors. Classic, sensory and personalized experiences. For example, the classics are perfect for getting to know the cellar and the wine-making process with tasting, tapas tasting or food in its magnificent Cepa 21 restaurant.
Belonging to the Moro family, one of the most present on the national wine scene, we have sought here to combine the experience of many years dedicated to this activity, with a cellar in a minimalist, modern and functional style in which the wines soft are produced to taste and bold aromatically.
Then Florentino Arzuaga, a great wine lover, founded Bodegas Arzuaga-Navarro after buying Finca La Planta, located in the town of Valladolid de Quintanilla de Onésimo, a place where the flora and fauna of the region coexist. A flora composed of pines, holm oaks and junipers and a fauna composed of wild boars and deer, in him he saw the great power of the farm which, by its size, has its own horizon. An environment surrounded by the Duero river, which gives rise to a space adorned with endless rows of Castilian vineyards that connect Soria and Valladolid.
The visit not only allows you to try some of the best wines from this famous cellar, but also to discover the estate itself, its animal reserve and access to the interior of the facilities.
In the town of Curiel de Duero, in Valladolid, there are the Comenge vineyards, a place where excellence is sought after by combining tradition and innovation. They respectfully shape the land on which their vineyards are located, creating good spaces for the vines and beautiful for humans. We work in the conviction of innovation and excellence, taking into account sustainability and the environment. The wines of Bodegas Comenge are the result of the maintenance of an organic vineyard.
Here you can follow the wine making process from the harvest of the grapes, a process carried out by hand with great care to keep the vines intact and keep the product for a minimum of time in the sun, until the setting bottle. The tours allow you to discover the vineyards and the cellar in organized tours that include tastings of elaborate wines, tours that can be done on horseback for more comfort.
In March 1927, the courage and attachment to the land of a group of winegrowers from the region succeeded in joining their efforts to create the first winery in La Ribera. Perhaps the best known in the region, the Bodegas Protos are located in the town of Peñafiel, a particularly interesting place for wine lovers, as the wine museum is located in the castle of Peñafiel.
Set in spectacular mountain landscapes, the visit to this spectacular place includes the visit of the two cellars, one inside the mountain and a new one designed by the architect Richard Rogers, as well as a tasting of a white wine. Verdejo and a red crianza. Quality above all is the premise that underpins all of Protos’ work. For this reason, the whole process is carefully analyzed until the wine is obtained.
Finally, the El Lagar de Isilla wineries are located in the old town of Aranda del Duero. The origins of this cellar date back to the 15th century and are located in a series of underground galleries 12 meters deep where the first wines were produced before moving the complex to an 1890 colonial-style estate which houses the cellar, a boutique gourmet and a hotel. The Zapatero Pinto family’s desire to innovate earned them the Wine Tourism Merit Award awarded by Wine Routes of Spain.
The cellar is integrated into the old buildings of the estate, respecting the materials of the time such as wood and stone. It consists of five naves and a social building with offices, a tasting room and a porch decorated with various farm implements typical of the Ribera del Duero.
Carmen Caballero is the founder of Exotik Traveler. Exotik Traveler is a luxury travel consultancy and design company that creates unique experiences for luxury travelers, tailored to their needs.
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