Travel Type: Food and Wine, Private Touring, Wine Tours
Location: Ribera del Duero, Spain, Toro
From AUD: $2,167
Duration: 3 Days
Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2019
A snapshot three day immersion into Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero and Toro. If you're a lover of big reds, this premium, private wine tour is perfect for you.
About the Wines
Spanish wines are immensely popular and for good reason. The country's wines blend new world and old world sensibilities seamlessly. Especially in the central and southern regions, the warmth of the Spanish sun imbues the wines with a ripe, joyful quality found throughout new world wines, but they simultaneously contain the more savoury, food-friendly flavours one associate with old world wines. These qualities make the wines of Spain great "bridge" wines for either the old world-drinker trying to explore more new world flavour and vice versa.
Ribera del Duero, south and west of Rioja, has a very compressed, highly-concentrated growing season that yields some of the most robust wines in Spain. Here Tempranillo (called Tinto del País or Tinto Fino) reaches higher levels of ripeness than Rioja. Wines from higher-altitude, limestone-based vineyards generate more elegant wines. These are often blended with more muscled wine from lower-altitude, clay-and-gravel-soiled vineyards. The resulting wines can be hauntingly complex.
Like with Rioja, America oak is used by some producers, but its employment is less wide-spread. Unlike Rioja, the Bordeaux varieties Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon are allowed, and several of the top producers include them in their blends. At lower price points, Ribera offers a lot of reliable concentration, but the fanciest wines are some of the most age-worthy in Spain.
Toro is further downstream from the Duero, toward Portugal, and is the hotter, most continental climate of the two regions. While yielding wines of incredible opulence and black-fruited concentration, these wines usually lack the elegance you'll find in their neighbours to the east. Much like Ribera, you can get a lot of bang for your buck on the low-end. If you are a dedicated new world drinker and like huge Californian or Australian wines, Toro should be one of your first stops in Spain.
Day One Toro DO
Visit to Bodega Numanthia - Eguren Family, who have many generations producing wine in Rioja under the wineries of Sierra Cantabria, San Vicente and the latest Vin?edos de Pa?ganos, founded in Toro the Numanthia winery which obtained the highest rating (a 100 point wine) with Robert Parker for Termanthia 2004. Then they sold the winery to Louis Vuiton, Moet, Hennessy Group (LVMH).
The award winning Termanthia is the ultimate expression of the best of vineyard plots in Toro with vines over 120 years old and at an altitude of 800 meters. The hyper-concentrated fruit produces considerable aromatic complexity and shows tremendous power on the palate with plenty of fleshy roundness and as much elegance and precision as it does intensity. This is a wine that will keep very well, gaining even more complexity in bottle.
Light lunch based on iberic ham and Castilian cheese
Visit to Bodega Teso la Monja -Teso la Monja is a restrained winery with beautiful architecture, characterized by its experience, its history and good deeds. It belongs to Sierra de Cantabria group, situated in Toro town and under DO Toro, they look to achieve the highest purity in their wine. With their pre-filoxera vineyards of over 130 years, they have managed to create unique wines.
Dinner in Restaurante el Refectorio (1 Micheli?n star)
Day Two Ribera de Duero Vallisoletana
Visit to Bodega Pago de Carraovejas - Pago de Carraovejas is a singular wine, with its own unique, tremendously engaging, personality. The varietals are Tinta del Pai?s (landrace red), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Each translating the terroir of the Carraovejas hillsides.
Full flavoured, elegant, curiously docile and vigorous at the same time, these wines are able to transmit deep fragrances and palates, providing an experience rich in nuances that make them remain in our memory.
During the visit, we will taste a selection of six different wines, accompanied by six tapas.
Visit to Bodega Requiem - After lunch, we will visit a small garage winery: Requiem, where artisanal and natural wines are created, with the personality of its owner and winemaker, the Bordelaise Jean Francois Hebrard.
Dinner is a tapas route in Valladolid. We will taste the tapas awarded in the national competition: Los Zagales de Abadi?a, Villa Paramesa, Jero
Day Three Ribera de Duero Burgalesa
Visit to Bodegas Pe?rez Pascuas (Vin?a Pedrosa) - This wine cellar, a pioneer in Ribera del Duero, began activities in 1980, when three brothers, Benjami?n, Manuel and Adolfo Pe?rez Pascuas, convinced of the excellent potential that lay in the vineyards owned by their father, Mauro, decided to initiate an ambitious project: to make one of the best wines in Spain and to carve a niche for it in the international marketplace.
Visit a Bodegas Valduero - Valduero is a family winery and was one of the first to be founded in the D.O.Ribera del Duero. It was created by Gregorio Garci?a A?lvarez when there were only about half a dozen wineries in the region and despite its long tradition of winemaking and the reputation among connoisseurs for the quality of its wines, it was largely unknown to the general public.
Yolanda Garci?a Viadero, daughter of the founder and a trained agronomist, discovered at that time the traditional viticulture of the region and also the Tinto Fino variety that is a product of its vines. She describes this grape as being “exceptional and unique in Spain, with a strong sense of terroir in its character, which gives structure and acidity to the wines, putting them on the same level as the best wines in the world”.
We will enjoy a five wine tasting, ending with a lunch based on the star product of the region: Suckling lamb roasted in a wood oven.
Optional: visit to Castillo de Penafiel or another winery
Three nights in the hotel selected
Vist & tastings atNumanthia, Teso la Monja, Pago de Carraovejas, Requiem, Viña Pedrosa, Valduero
Lunches at Teso la Monja, Pago de Carraovejas, Valduero.
First night dinner in Abadía Retuerta- Le Domaine
Transport with english speaking driver- guide
Transfers from/to Madrid may be added upon request.
Hotels, restaurants and visits subjects to availability.
Hotels, restaurants and visits subjects to availability.
Transfers from/to Madrid and extra nights are available
Five Star Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine
The Estate Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine is set like a jewel among the string of exclusive wine estates found along the Duero River. If the heart of the estate is the winery, its soul is the ancient 12th-century abbey, a beloved and carefully restored Spanish cultural heritage site.
The hotel that has now emerged from within the cloistered Romanesque-Baroque monastery walls is a refined 5-star setting where guests enjoy privacy of the privileged, in the lap of luxury and the heart of the history. Moreover, you will have the opportunity of enjoy your dinner at Refectorio, a one Michelin Star restaurant.
In Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine you can enjoy a singular culinary offer created by Pablo Montero, who has trained in some of the finest international restaurants. He bases his gastronomic creations on the inclusion of a creative twist to tradition and the use of locally-grown ingredients.
Since 2013, one year after the opening, Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine belongs to the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality.
Option 4*, Fuente de la Acena
Once a water mill, over a hundred years old, Royal Guest House Fuente de la Acena is now an elegant, quiet, and cosy Royal Guest Housel in the Ribera del Duero wine region.
The Royal Guest House is located in Quintanilla de Onesimo, a small town in the heart of the wine area. The restoration of the old mill was conducted by the architect Roberto del Valle, who rebuilt all the major components of the water mill structure.
This is a private tour. As such it is available all year round on a departure date to fit in with your travel plans. Just contact us so we can check availability for you.
Five Star Accommodation
$3297 per person, based on three couples (total 6 people sharing three rooms)
$3549 per person, based on two couples (total 4 people sharing two rooms)
$3899 per person, based on one couple (total 2 people sharing one room)
Four Star Accommodation
$2167 per person, based on three couples (total 6 people sharing three rooms)
$2419 per person, based on two couples (total 4 people sharing two rooms)
$2898 per person, based on one couple (total 2 people sharing one room)
Price subject to availability and exchange rate at time of booking