Ribera del Duero Wine Tour Highlights
- Discover the distinctively different areas of Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro and Cigales with their wide diversity of top quality reds, whites and rosés.
- Learn about the importance of the Tempranillo grape and understand how its expression is this region is so different to Rioja. Explore Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva styles.
- Meet a wonderful diversity of winemakers and owners at a contrasting mix of estates.
- Based in the beautiful city of Valladolid with its vibrant tapas scene.
- Comprehensive tastings at every visit, and four fabulous tasting lunches or dinners
From the Meeting Point at Madrid Airport (see Flight Transfers below) we will take a coach to our hotel in Valladolid. A short walk from the hotel we will have an informal tasting dinner at a traditional restaurant.
The first full day of the tour takes us to the superb areas of Rueda and Toro. Verdejo is the key grape in Rueda and we will see the highest quality at Bodega Belondrade – a leading, yet boutique, estate. From Rueda we head west to the historic Toro wine region and its 1000 year wine history. A tasting lunch at the family owned Farina estate awaits us. Dinner at leisure.
We devote ourselves to Ribera del Duero and the stunning range of styles and quality produced within this small region. The highlight of the day will unquestionably be our visit to the family owned Valduero estate. With its extraordinary cellar dug into the hillside, we indulge in a fabulous tasting lunch that shows the best of the local cuisine with a stunning set of wines. Dinner (if you need it) at leisure.
The lesser known area of Cigales is our destination and is sure to be a revelation. Our first visit is at the beautiful Bodegas Concejo for a memorable visit followed by a wine and food matching tasting. We contrast the new with the old at the long established Finca Museum. Final night dinner together at a top local restaurant.
The tour ends after breakfast. We will provide a transfer to Madrid airport to coincide (see Flight Transfers below).
Note: the Itinerary may be changed at Tim Syrad Wine Tours discretion so as to facilitate the smooth running of the tour and to accommodate great opportunities for visits or tastings that may become available.
Price and what’s included/not included
- £999 per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room.
- £100 supplement for single occupancy of a double room
- £100 discount for bookings paid for 8 weeks before departure.
- Transport from/to Meeting Point on the first/last days.
- Coach for all activities in the itinerary.
- 5 days (including arrival and departure days)/4 nights in a good 3 star equivalent hotel.
- Three full days of visits and tastings. Approximately 10 wines will be tasted each day.
- Generous continental breakfast every day.
- Four lunches and dinners with local wines.
- All local taxes and service charges.
- The services of Tim Syrad as your Wine Tour manager and Wine Guide.
Please note flights are not included in the price. Many of my clients prefer to extend their holiday before or after my tours, so I let people make their own flight arrangements.
A deposit of £100 is taken at booking.
It is a condition of my accepting a booking that I have proof of clients’ adequate travel insurance.
Booking conditions are available on my website or on request.
Our meeting Point is Madrid Airport – there are many flights to Madrid from all major UK airports and I will arrange a coach to our hotel to meet flights scheduled to land at Madrid prior to 1400. I will arrange a coach from Valladolid to catch return flights departing Madrid after 1400 on Sunday.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss travel options, for example flying to or from a different airport or making the journey by rail or driving. I cannot arrange travel for you, but I can advise on what might work best.
Once I have confirmed a booking I advise clients to arrange flights and confirm travel arrangements to me. Please do not arrange flights before I have confirmed your booking.
More about what to expect from my Ribera del Duero Wine Tour
Our first tour to this region in 2012 and was rated extremely highly by everyone who went. Valladolid is a wonderfully accessible city with a lovely main square. a vibrant tapas scenes and a number of great restaurants. All the main wine zones are in relatively easy reach so we keep the time in the coach to a minimum thus maximising our time at the wine estates.
Ribera del Duero has established itself relatively recently and has only reached prominence in the last twenty years. Often compared to Rioja because both regions use Tempranillo as the principal grape, there are a number of differences. Production is much smaller and there is a significantly lower hectareage of vines. High quality has always been the focus and a price war with Rioja has been wisely avoided.
Rueda is another zone that has come to prominence relatively recently. In the early 1970’s it was languishing economically and production was dominated by cooperatives and a few private producers. Very little was exported. Everything changed when the famous Marques de Riscal estate arrived in Rueda searching for a suitable white wine to add to its portfolio. They discovered that Sauvignon Blanc thrived alongside the local Verdejo grape. Success with Sauvignon Blanc saw a revival in the region and this spurred a drive forward in Verdejo quality. Rueda has been transformed into a highly successful white wine area.
Toro is one of Spain’s historic wine regions with records going back many centuries. Because of its continental climate, low rainfall and high temperatures, Toro has always produced intense, strong red wines. Modern winemaking has managed to tame the style a little bit but don’t look for anything delicate!
The surprise of the tour will be Cigales. Situated just to the north west of Valladolid, this was always a region that seemed only known for rosé. Again, this has changed in recent years and Tempranillo has started to show some serious results.
More about Tim Syrad Wine Tours
Since 1997 I have escorted over 90 groups of people on tours to wine regions in Europe and the New World. My clients keep coming back year after year because in addition to tastings and visits we really do meet the people who make the wine and tend the vines.
I personally escort all my tours, and I ensure as much as possible of the money my clients pay is spent on great food and wine, and good hotels.
For more information about me, my next tours, and previous tours I have run, and to find out what my clients say (some of whom have been coming on tour with me since 2001) please explore the website.