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 tinta fina (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.
Very recently in 2019 the designation of origin has accepted whites in the appellation, all made out from albillo mayor native whote grape, becoming one of the greatest milestones of the Ribera del Duero PDO in its 37-year history.
Subterranean wine cellars from ancient times offer an unparalleled architecture, in fact the region has produced wine for over 2,000 years with proof lying in local Roman ruins.
There is nothing that goes together better with red Riberas than the lechazo asado, roast baby lamb with crackling skin and tender meat. The regional food includes luscious jamón ibérico (best acorn-fed cured ham), morcilla de Burgos or rich sheep’s milk cheese.
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 months spent in barrel. Unoaked young reds (joven) are called Roble.
Day Trip from Madrid Program
Your chauffeur will pick you up in your hotel in Madrid early in the morning and take you to the heart of Ribera del Duero for a full day of wine appreciation.
Upon arrival to the first winery you will meet your English-speaking expert guide who will accompany you during the whole day.
Then, be ready to explore two exceptional bodegas and enjoy one-of-a-kind wine tastings. Not only will you visit the facilities but you will understand what makes Ribera del Duero unique in terms of the terroir and vinification. Then, enjoy a full range wine tasting consisting on premium wines while an aperitif is served based on Iberian cold meats and some other local specialty. To complete lunch, there is no better way than trying some of the local traditional stews or hot dishes at some of the iconic restaurants in the area.
Following lunch, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Madrid.
Day Trip to Ribera del Duero from Madrid
Ribera del Duero is home to some of Spain’s most sought after and applauded wines. Along 70 miles along the River Duero we can find a mix of different soils, exposures and elevations – some as high as a half-mile above sea level. Welcome to a thrilling wine region.
GREAT FOR: Wine Lovers ∝ Gourmet Travelers ∝ Mindful Travelers
- Private Mercedes chauffeured transfer throughout
- Wine expert guide (optional)
- One-of-a-kind visits to 2 remarkable Ribera del Duero wineries
- Premium wines tastings
- Unveil Ribera del Duero best kept secrets: terroir, varieties, winemaking process
- Enjoy a traditional hearty lunch
- Local taxes
- 24/7 Emergency assistance
- Personal purchases
- Travel insurance
Please, advice of any allergy, food intolerance or special dietary request.
The final details of every tour will be tailor-made to your schedule, party details, objectives and travel personality. Wine tastings are always personalized to satisfy your curiosity.
All our tours are quoted individually.
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We couldn't have asked for a better Spanish cooking experience. Highly recommend it!
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you!
Congratulations to her and your team on an extremely successful tour.