|Region:||Ribera del Duero|
|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £529 to £549 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts and 1 lunch|
|Number of Winery Visits:||4 wineries|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 11 wines|
|Tour Transport:||Full day guided and transported tour and 1 visit on foot|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year|
Ribera del Duero is famous for its “Golden Triangle”, seventy miles of vineyards that stretch intermittently along the River Duero, producing superb wines that challenge the more famous wines of Rioja and our three day/two night Essential Break provides the perfect introduction. You will be based at Convento las Claras, in the town of Peñafiel, famed for being the “cradle” of Ribera del Duero, home to many of the most prestigious wineries of the region and overlooked by the medieval Peñafiel castle.
After checking in at the hotel on the first day, you will take a short stroll to the centre of Peñafiel, to one of the most prestigious and architecturally intriguing wineries in the region, where the historic past blends seamlessly with the contemporary. Here you will enjoy a tour of the two wineries, the oldest that extends through the mountain and the newest, designed by Richard Rogers. After the tour, you will have a guided tasting of three wines, including a Reserva, a fascinating introduction to the wines of the Ribera. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy as you wish.
On day two, your English-speaking driver/guide will meet you at your hotel for a full day tour as part of a small group (maximum eight people). During the course of the day, your guide will regale you with tales and anecdotes of the history of the Ribera del Duero and its vineyards, introducing you to the particularities of the region. Your day will see you enjoy all that the area has to offer, stopping off to enjoy tours and tastings in a variety of wineries, from the most modern to the most tradtional, family run wineries, perhaps passing by a biodynamic bodega on the way. The cuisine of Valladolid is truly delicious and you will experience this for yourselves, eating lunch at one of the wineries, where you will enjoy, amongst other delights, the local culinary speciality of lechazo asado, a roasted dish of suckling lamb. After such an enlightening, fun day your guide will drop you off at your hotel where the evening is yours to relax.
ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Undoubtedly the best wine tasting (and buying) trip that I have ever been on.
David.- Maryland, USA
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are several additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Please contact us to request a more detailed information sheet about travelling to Peñafiel.
There are direct flights to Madrid from London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh. Grape Escapes is ATOL registered, number 10831 and we would be happy to book your flights at cost, however a booking fee of £25 per person applies.
The airport is situated around two hours’ drive from the hotel. We can arrange private airport transfers for you if required. Please contact us for prices, which are dependent on the number of passengers. Alternatively, we can book a high-speed train for you, which takes 56 minutes to reach the town of Valladolid, from where we can organise a transfer to your hotel.
If you prefer to fly and then make your own way to the region by car, then please feel free to use our car hire engine for a quotation on your preferred grade of car.
For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
I just wanted to say what a wonderful trip it was last week. I cannot think of one thing negative to say about it.
Susan - UK