Located in the heart of Spain, Ribera del Duero is a captivating region that beckons wine lovers and culture enthusiasts alike. Renowned for its exceptional wine production, Ribera del Duero is a treasure trove of sensory experiences, where the passion for wine is deeply intertwined with the rich history and culture of the area.
Stretching along the banks of the Duero River, the picturesque landscape of Ribera del Duero is adorned with vineyards that have stood the test of time. The vines, some of which are over a century old, bear witness to the region’s dedication to winemaking. As you explore these vineyards, you’ll not only taste the exceptional wines but also immerse yourself in the stories of generations of winemakers who have lovingly tended to these grapes. Travelling with Grape Escapes will allow you to explore prestigious wineries such as Bodegas Vega Sicilia, Bodegas Abadía Retuerta, and Bodegas Protos as well as handpicked, family run, small producers where you will spend time with the winemakers. In both cases, expect to taste some exceptional wines!
Beyond the vineyards, Ribera del Duero boasts a wealth of historical and cultural treasure as well as plenty of opportunity for outdoor pursuits. The banks of the Duero River and the rolling vine-covered hills create a picturesque backdrop for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling.
Ask the team at Grape Escapes about the best time to visit the region to experience one of the many cultural and wine-related festivals, throughout the year. The Fiesta de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Festival) is a lively celebration of the grape harvest season, featuring parades, wine tastings, and traditional music and dance.
We suggest staying in Aranda de Duero or Peñafiel during your visit and, if you have longer to spend, then we can also arrange an extended stay to include time in neighbouring Rioja, which is highly recommended.
Aranda de Duero
The town of Aranda de Duero, with its intricate underground wine cellars, offers a fascinating journey into the past. Stroll through medieval streets, visit centuries-old churches, and witness the enduring legacy of a region steeped in tradition. Visitors can explore the historic cellars, which maintain a constant temperature ideal for wine storage. These subterranean passages are a unique and fascinating part of the region’s winemaking heritage.
This charming town is often referred to as the “Heart of Ribera del Duero” due to its central location in the wine region and is the base for several of our wine tours in the region. The iconic Peñafiel Castle, a medieval fortress that now houses the Provincial Wine Museum, is a must-visit. Its distinctive shape resembles the bow of a ship and offers panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards.
Really enjoyed the trip and as it was our first time using grape escapes it exceeded our expectations!
Gary - Liverpool, UK