Ribera del Duero now challenges Rioja as Spain’s premier red-wine producing area. Vega Sicilia is one of the most highly regarded—and unusual—wines on the planet and inspired the region revival. In 1982 there were only 14 estates in Ribera del Duero; now there are more than 300. The native tinto fino (tempranillo vines adapted to Ribera del Duero soil) expresses its best character and energy in a peculiar microclimate of hot days and cool nights common to other prestigious wine regions such as Porto and Priorat. The result are elegant, intense and complex red wines whose number of devotees around the world doesn’t stop growing.
Subterranean wine cellars from ancient times offer an unparalleled architecture, in fact the region has produced wine for over 2000 years with proof lying in local Roman ruins.
There is nothing that goes together better with red Riberas than the lechazo asado, roast baby lam with crackling skin and tender meat. The regional food includes luscious jamón ibérico (best acorn-fed cured ham), morcilla de Burgos, rich sheep’s milk cheese ansd alone is worth the trip.
The same DO rules govern Ribera’s barrel-aged styles as for Rioja: Crianzas are aged for two years before release with at least six months in oak barrels; Reservas must be three years old with at least a year spent in oak; and, finally, Gran Reserva must be five years old before going on sale, with minimum 18 minths spent in barrel. Unoaked young reds (joven) are called Roble.
- One-of-a-kind visits to 2 remarkable Ribera del Duero wineries
- Dive into local culture and traditions of the region
- Unveil Ribera del Duero best kept secrets: terroir, varieties, winemaking process
- Eat like a local and enjoy a traditional lunch
Your chauffeur will pick you up in the hotel in early in the morning and drive you for about two hours to Ribera del Duero first winery where you will meet your English speaking expert guide who will accompany you during the whole day.
Experience 2 different wineries, discover underground ancient cellars and enjoy the best traditional food. Wish you like to spend cultural afternoon, you could enjoy a private visit of the city of Peñafiel or the monastery of Santa María de Valbuena situated near the bank of the Duero river.
Might you wish to extend your journey or add any specific activity, please let us know and we will assist you.
We care about your privacy, please let us know what is your perfect balance between free time and activities and we will adjust the program to suit you.
Prices are available upon request since each itinerary is different and adapted to your party details, needs and schedule.
- Private expert bilingual local native guide
- 2 winery tours and wine tastings
- Luxury private chauffeured-service
- Admission fees and taxes
- Personal purchases