This journey offers an unhurried exploration of Madrid and Ribera del Duero wine Golden Mile and time to explore the local culture, the deep-seated traditions and culinary delights of a wine region that represents the pinnacle of Spanish winemaking and the ultimate expression of Spain’s most noble red grape: Tempranillo.
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. Some hypotheses claim tempranillo is twinned with Burgundy pinot noir for their similarity in the aging evolution. Anyway, Burgundy French monks from Cluny Citeaux where who introduced it in Spain. Tempranillo shows an interesting versatile behavior being able to produce from a cheap bulk wine to the most distinguished Spanish wine Pingus (from 400 to 500 euros per bottle).
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 lamb with crackling skin and tender meat. The regional food includes luscious jamón ibérico (best acorn-fed cured ham), morcilla de Burgos (blood sausage), rich sheep’s milk cheese and alone is worth the trip.
But before reaching the oenophiles destination, Madrid is a must. The Spanish capital has a distinctly Spanish flair and is a lively city whose grandeur is full of living testimonies, not to mention one of the planet’s greatest collections of art spread in the three museums: El Prado Museum, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza. El Rastro market, the independent boutiques or the upscale shops in Salamanca provide endless shopping experiences. Small galleries and collectives with contemporary exhibitions by young artists complete Madrid’s cultural panorama. Madrid’s culinary scene deserves special mention. Its intense social life is reflected in a proliferation of bars and restaurants where people gather to have a glass and share some tapa with colleagues or friends. Did you know El Botín is recognized by The Guinness Book of Records as the World’s oldest restaurant?
- A curated selection of premium and singular accommodations
- Dive into local culture and traditions of the region
- Unveil Ribera del Duero best kept secrets: terroir, varieties, winemaking process
- Discover unconventional white wines from the Douro Valley
- Getaway to Rueda
- Unhurried exploration designed to your needs and expectations
This is an itinerary for your inspiration, the final route will be unique and tailor-made to your time, preferences and your travel personality.
DAY 1 MADRID
Private transfer from the airport to your hotel in Madrid. Relax and recover from the jet-lag. In the evening we can arrange a restaurant reservation at some of our preferred food houses.
DAY 2 MADRID
If you want to truly experience day-to-day life in the Spanish capital, we propose an extraordinary city tour with one of the best guides ever. Filled with world-class museums, restaurants, historical monuments, parks, theaters, and a population that never seems to sleep; from a sweet or salty mid-morning pick-me-up let us know your interest and we'll shape an awe-inspiring day.
Suggestions: embark on an evening tapas tour to discover the insiders-only secrets through the old Madrid while you taste some great Spanish wines, or set an exclusive art visit to any of the star museums led by a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, or if you like handmade pieces, why not visiting some of the best ateliers for crafted leather, clothes, luthiers or fabrics made by the most talented artists.
DAY 3 MADRID - RIBERA DEL DUERO
Early transfer from Madrid to Ribera del Duero region, ready for your first winery visit to an iconic bodega. Learn everything from this prestigious wine region and taste some of the best wines internationally recognized.
Lunch is foreseen in another winery, this time we bet for a fine dining option to relax and enjoy a great pairing.
After lunch, transfer to Le Domaine Abadía Retuerta, a lovely luxury property in a former abbey from the 12th century with superb service and cuisine. The estate covers 1,730 acres with 500 acres of vineyards.
Check-in and discover the finca. You'll be taken in a 4x4 tour around Abadía Retuerta estates, visit the winery and then the 12th century Abbey of Santa María de Retuerta (if no events are scheduled) followed by an exceptional wine tasting.
Free evening. The cuisine at the hotel is exquisite, we would suggest a light dinner tapas style at the more their casual restaurant Vinoteca.
DAY 4 RIBERA DEL DUERO
This morning we will continue exploring even deeper into the Ribera del Duero wine, and head northeastern to Aranda de Duero, for an extraordinary visit to a family-run bodega. Dive into underground cellars from the 16th and 17th century in historic wine villages and get to know an exciting project and more exciting wines.
Then enjoy the rich gastronomy in an "asador" (grill house) specialized in suckling baby lamb. After lunch we propose a private guided of the beautiful city of Aranda de Duero and its historical old quarter that preserves the enchantment of other periods. Inside the old walls, Aranda reveals hidden charms, with a central district of medieval buildings, a verdant park with cypress trees lining the banks of the Duero river and an early-16th-century church, the Iglesia de Santa María.
Then way back to the hotel to unwind in your oasis. Free evening.
DAY 5 RIBERA DEL DUERO - RUEDA - RIBERA DEL DUERO
Very close to Ribera del Duero we find D.O. Rueda, famous for mouth-watering whites filled with juicy citrus, floral and mineral flavors from verdejo native grape. Winemaking in Rueda has been documented as early as the 10th century and it was the first D.O. (Designation of Origin) to be approved in Castilla y León, in 1980. We propose a getaway to an amazing Rueda estate, a life project run by a native family. Then, relax and indulge yourself in a gourmet lunch at 1-Michelin star La Botica or go for a more rustic dining experience.
Back to the hotel, enjoy the end of the day in your luxury resort. Free evening.
DAY 6 RIBERA DEL DUERO - MADRID
Private transfer to Madrid Airport or next destination at the appointed time. We will adjust our services to your schedule.
All activities will be adjusted to your schedule.
Wineries can vary in accordance to your schedule.
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.
- A curated selection of singular premium accommodation
- Private expert bilingual native official expert guides during all visits
- All visits and walking tours customized and scheduled
- Restaurants bookings to balance the perfect trip: from rustic traditional cuisine to fine dining experiences
- Totally private wine tours in Ribera del Duero and exclusive wine tastings
- Luxury private chauffeured-service
- Admission fees and taxes
- Transfers from/to the airport
- Extra perks in hotels: potential room upgrades, early check-in & late checkout when possible, potential discounts or credit, welcome amenity.
- 24/7 emergency assistance
- Personal purchases