Ribera del Duero wine tour

Ribera del Duero wine tour – Peñafiel – Valbuena- Valladolid – Walking – Wine visits & tastings – Meet local Winemakers – Unique Hotels
Our Ribera del Duero wine tour is an insiders tour to the wine region by the shores of the Duero River. A perfect blend of traditional & modern wines, excellent fine-dining, cultural walks, tastings & winery visits. Small villages as well as the city of Valladolid. We end the tour staying two nights at a five star spa hotel of an old monastery! Extension possibility in the capital Madrid! ¡Vamos! (6 days/5 nights).

We have never experienced a more terroir obsessed wine culture in Spain than in Ribera de Duero…Bonito Norte 2015

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Itinerary highlights
The Duero river is the source and spring of many of the most interesting wine appellations in Spain. On this tour we put our nose , taste & focus on Ribera de Duero & neighbor wineries just outside the appellation but with just as glorious wines. We have never experienced a more terroir obsessed wine culture in Spain than in Ribera de Duero. It was here the Spanish comeback began in the 90´s with Parkers discovery of Don Alejandro Fernandez Pesquera, Vega Sicilias Único, Pingus & more. But the list is long of younger wine makers as well, all calling for their share of primetime.But there is not only wine tasting on the schedule during this tour. Walking, culture & heritage and great food makes this a varied trip to the one of Spains´finest appellations. Ribera wine tour is our most wine focused and luxurious tour.

Day 1

Arrival to Madrid & transfer on your own to hotel in the city.

Day 2

Castle day. Bus transfer to the start of the tour in Peñaranda del Duero where we will stretch our legs with a wine walk, visit the castle and have an outdoor picnic and introduction and east D.O. tasting. In the afternoon check in at our Peñafiel hotel, village walk, museum visit & castle and regional wine museum with several appellations tasting. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3

From modernity to tradition. Our Ribera del Duero wine tour day 3 begins with an architecture view of Bodegas Protos in Peñafiel. Visit to two wineries with lunch. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4

Optional activities in the morning, walking or biking the Duero river route Senda del Duero or Balloon flight over the vineyards!

Winery visit with lunch. Check in 5***** hotel Valbuena and time to relax at the spa.

In the late afternoon walk to lookout spot, vineyard visit and activity followed by small winery and light dinner.

 

Day 5

Visit to Finca Abadia de Retuerta Vino de Castilla y Leon walk, visit & tasting.

We continue to  Valladolid with our selection of pinchos hopping.

On the way back we stop by an  eco winery from Vino Tierra Castilla y León.

Spa time and farwell dinner.

Day 6

Transfer to Madrid airport for home flight or extension stay in Madrid.

Getting here & transfers

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Madrid is the best airport for regular incoming international flights.
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All minibus transfers in Spain included except arrival transfer airport-Madrid.
Hotels & meals

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During this tour we have selected some unique hotels in old buildings rebuilt to ensure a 100% comfortable stay.

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On our Ribera del Duero wine tour you will enjoy solid buffet breakfasts with bread, cereals, juice, coffe & tea, ham, eggs, cheese as well as local sweets to get ready for a day of walking and experiences. One scheduled charming country picnic lunches, where we often buy fresh products on the visits we make. Dinners  & lunches often at wineries with Castilla y León at its best!
Find out more about traditional recipes from Castilla y León! Read more…
Activities on this tour

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Walking Level: Easy         Shortest/longest walk 2 km/8 km
Maximum climb 100m     Maximum descent 100m
We will enjoy our walks that always are optional on this tour – if you a have a soar knee we will pick you up to meet the group at the next scheduled point. As we have prepared written detailed itineraries and maps, you will be able to complete each route at your own pace. And if you still need an extra challenge we can provide you with some alternative extra kilometers to complete the physical activity of each day.
Recommended walking accesories : Walking poles, gore tex walking shoes/ low ancle boots, light ruck-sack for daily necessities.

 

wine greenVisits to 6 wineries with tastings. There will be opportunities to see how wine was made yesterday in comparison with modern techniques of authors or garage styled modern wines.
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See the areas we explore on this tour!

What´s included?

5 nights double room at selected Hotel 3*** and 5***** or similar

Transfers and luggage transport according to program

5 Breakfast, 4 Lunches , 4 Dinners (Wine with all meals)

Visits, tastings and activities according to program

Walking routes itineraries and maps

Travel documentation and useful information

Pricing & general Conditions

From 910,00€

(170,00€ single room additional fee)

Flight and means of transportation to Spain excluded

Cancellations, Amendments and Refunds Bonito Norte Viajes

Cancellation due to severe sickness, illness, death of close family or catastrophic events at home such as fire, flooding or else: Total refund of the whole Price.

Cancellation due to other reasons

Cancellations up to 7 days tour starting date, 75% refund

Cancellation from 6 days to 48 hours prior to tour start date, 50% refund

Cancellation of tour start date prior to 48h, non-refundable

Tour dates

Upcoming tour

Sep
19
Thu
explore Galicia
Sep 19 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 26 @ 8:00 am
explore Galicia @ Galicia | Spain

Galicia’s weather

The weather is the only real negative when it comes to Galicia. The Spanish think of Galicia as the rainy region, but that needs to be put into the context of Southern Spain and their 12 month long summers. Galicia does have 4 seasons and they are clearly defined with winter temperatures getting close to and sometimes below freezing.

On my summer visits to Galicia I have generally had around 5 good days out of every 7, and a good day can be 80 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more with brilliant sun and a clear sky. Summers are however unreliable and you should expect some cloudy and wet days.

The months of May and June are variable when it comes to weather, but the most picturesque when it comes to scenery. Galicia’s flowers and blossom are out at this time of year and the hills and meadows are a blend of green and yellow from the daisies and wild broom. On a good day in late spring temperatures can easily reach 25 degrees centigrade, but the evenings are much cooler.

Many days can however start off dull with the sun burning through, what may look like an overcast sky, from around 11.00am. Humidity can also be high if you travel inland, but around the coastal areas there is nearly always a breeze and this is cooled by the Atlantic Ocean.

Provincial weather variances

Pontevedra has a micro-climate making it hot and (comparatively) dry in summer and mild in winter. Ourense has the most extreme of Galicia’s weather conditions with hot inland sunny days in summer, but cold and sometimes freezing days in winter. You can also see snow in Ourense. Lugo has a mix of weather with the north being cooler and the south (next to Ourense) being a few degrees hotter. La Coruna is in between the others. As a tip, if you are in la Coruna and have poor weather, check out the forecast in southern Pontevedra and especially Ourense. It may be worth spending an hour in the car and driving south to see some sun. Portugal is also close by.

Humidity can be very high, well over 80%, in summer, but the coastal areas will always offer a refreshing breeze. Spring (April to May) also has a high pollen count, mainly as a result of the pine forests. This can also catch out some “non” hay fever sufferers like my wife, so be warned.

Daylight hours

It will remain light (even in August) up until around 10.00pm at night. The best time to visit Galicia is probably around late June through to mid August when you will benefit from the best weather and longest hours of daylight. You can also sun bathe until around 9.00pm and the busier beaches will stay that way through to around 8.00pm at night.

Weather differences between the coast and inland cities

If sun is important to you, bear in mind that the weather varies significantly between coastal and inland towns.

As an example, Santiago de Compostela is reputed to have a least one drop of rain on over 300 days a year. If you visit Santiago, leave the sun cream behind and take an umbrella.

What you will also find however, is that on a dull and rainy day in Santiago, the sun may be out just 35km to 40km (27 miles) away at a coastal location like Noia or Muros. You will also find that there is frequently a weather difference between the towns and beaches inside the protected rias (coves and bays) and those facing open sea. As an example, if it is dull in the town of Noia, it may well be bright and sunny just half an hours ride away at “la praia de Queiruga” (beach) which faces open sea.

 

explore Galicia wine & walks

Oct
13
Sun
explore La Rioja walk wine tour @ San Vicente de la Sonsierra & Bilbao
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm
explore La Rioja walk wine tour @ San Vicente de la Sonsierra & Bilbao

Read more about this tour! See a tour documentary from a previous tour! 

La Rioja in October

The mountains surrounding Rioja affect the wind and rainfall patterns and help to keep summer temperatures moderate. They also encourage the critical night-time temperature drops that preserve acidity in the ripening grapes. Thanks to the mountains, Rioja’s footprint resembles an inverted V, with the widest part facing the Mediterranean. As a result, Rioja’s vineyards are affected by three distinct climate zones: some vineyards are subject to cool, moist weather from the Atlantic; others, protected by the mountains, experience a more temperate Continental climate; and still others bask in Mediterranean warmth.

The average temperature in Logroño, La Rioja is mild at 14.4 °C (57.92 °F).
The weather in October is somewhat parched. A paltry 28.1mm (1.1in) of liquid is laid down.
The shortest day is 10:17 long and the longest day is 11:40 long with an average length of 10:58.

Oct
19
Sat
Castilla & León Ham, wine & walk @ Madrid, Sepúlveda, Toro, Salamanca, Arribes de Duero
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm
Castilla & León Ham, wine & walk @ Madrid, Sepúlveda, Toro, Salamanca, Arribes de Duero

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Castilla& León in September – October

Castilla y Leon has a mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. The area within 40 km of this station is covered by croplands(88%), grasslands (8%), and shrublands (3%).

The month of September is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 25°C to 20°C over the course of the month, exceeding 29°C or dropping below 15°Conly one day in ten.

Over the course of September, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1:22 hours, implying an average day-over-day decrease of2.7 minutes.

The shortest day of the month is September 30 with 11:46 hours of daylight; the longest day isSeptember 1 with 13:09 hours of daylight.

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