Versatile wines along the Duero (3 days)
A region of vineyards and wines crafted by legendary winemakers
The Jewels of the Old Castile wine regions in 3 days
This 3 days trip is an invitation to discover the lesser known wine districts in the region of Castile and Leon, formerly known as Old Castile. Spanning a compact area of less than 120 km are the Toro and Cigales districts, almost neighboring the characterful Rueda and Ribera de Duero districts.
Ribera de Duero, Toro, Cigales and Rueda are 4 wines with Certificate of Origin, produced in the heart of mainland Spain. Discovering these jewels means unlocking the secrets of a seemingly desolate land, devoid of extravagance, where vegetation is scarce. Flat-topped hills stretching from East to West along the Duero River overlook the vast plains of vineyards of this region. The weather is influenced by a continental climate pattern, which is prone to extreme variations of temperatures during the year and even within a single day. This is a wonderful opportunity to indulge yourself with a Toro wine, made from tempranillo or tinta de la tierra grapes. Discover the origin of the white Rueda with its unique scents of lemons and other citrus fruits, and the strong flavors of Ribera de Duero. These are perfectly complemented by Cigales, which often display a surprising color and structure.
Traditional Duero wines aiming at highest contemporary recognition
Day 1: Madrid-Toro
Pick up in Madrid
Transfer to the Duero Wine district
Lunch or drinks in Tordesillas and walk around the historic village
Arrival at Toro and accommodation in luxury hotel-spa
Daily tasting with a local specialist
Spa session and wine tasting in hotel – Spa - bodega
Dinner in a typical taberna in Toro
Day 2: Toro - Rueda - Cigales - Peñafiel
Visit: Finca Montepedroso, Rueda
Transfer to Cigales: Lunch and wine tasting in a typical wine bar
Transfer to Peñafiel: tour of the castle and wine museum
Dinner and accommodation in Peñafiel or Pesquera de Duero
Day 3: Peñafiel- Pesquera de Duero -Madrid
Visit: a modern family bodega
Picnic lunch outside in the vineyard (weather permitting)
Transfer to Cuéllar, tour of the Castle
Transfer to Madrid
In Peñafiel, we book comfortable rooms for you in a 4 star hotel in an ancient convent, which also includes spa, sauna and restaurant. An excellent combination of Medieval style and modern comfort.
In Toro we organise your accommodation in a very comfortable Spa hotel, where you can enjoy winetherapy among several wellness treatments. This is a surprising complex in the middle of the vines and only a few miles away from the ancient Medieval town centre.
From 725 € per person
- Mainland transportation to all places
- Expert English-speaking local guide
- Welcome drink with tapas
- Deluxe private bus for all transfers
- Entry fees to wineries and performance as per the itinerary
- 2 dinners as per the itinerary, all accompanied with half a bottle of selected Spanish wine
- Between 3-5 wines in each tasting sessions
- All the scheduled meals of a half board program
- Accommodation in shared room
- Buffet breakfast daily
- All local taxes and tips
NOT included in the price:
- Airfares (Airline tickets) to/from the pick-up or drop-off locations
- Transfers from/to the airport for travelers arriving out of schedule
- Meals, services not specified as per itinerary
- Personal expenses, such as laundry, telecommunications, mini bar
- Wellness treatment & Spa sessions
- Travel insurance
- Lodging before or after the trip
> Single room supplement: 105 €
All prices advertized or quoted are expressed in euro (€) and are per person, based on shared room.
The advertized price on the webpage is only indicative. It is calculated on an average party size (5-6 pers), qualitative hotels out of peak season, and no extras.
It takes a bit of customization to include the holidays request and nature of the group before coming up with a tour proposal that meets your interests and expectations. The price quoted to you can be adjusted upwards to reflect possible increases in transportation costs (including fuel), government taxes (including VAT). On any specific tour, a constituted group of 5 travelers (or more) means a different quote per person than 2 travelers, as we've elaborated the tour package on an average group size of 6 (guided) and 4 (self drive).
The information you provide us through the Get a Quote or Booking Form is important for us as it containts useful elements such as period of the year, accommodation type, group or party size, if all participants will share room or not. These points are essential to us to complete the quote in line with your budget. When we are asked to adjust itinerary or arrange tours in special periods of the year, prices can go slightly down or up, we try to moderate the price fluctuation by entering into agreements with our service providers. The accommodation availability is the main factor that can affect the advertized price of the original program.
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- An intriguing adventure along the Duero River
- A place to discover timeless castles and monasteries perched on rocky heights
- A range of remarcable wines elaborated from an arid, and gritty soil
- A region where winemaking is an ancient tradition
- Ancestral viticulture perfectly interlaced with modern techniques
- Locals may not have the most charming hamlets, but when it comes to their wines, they are voted Spain’s most passionate people.
Over the years, I have consistently progressed into wine and wine-making, multiplying experiences in the world of wines, either in wineries or simply writing articles for lifestyle and travel magazines. Prior to this I have worked in operations and logistics assignments involving seamless material flows between production plants. I guess my organisation skills come from these years.
My interest in wine started like an affair with sparkling wines, particularly Champagne and then Cava. It triggered a learning process on all possible wine topics. I am constantly thrilled by the intriguing chemistry betwen the wine and the people behind wines. This is so true for oenology. We understand the underlying wine culture with a bit of time, a stroll in the vineyard as we exchnage with the winemaker. Wine through travelling is also very rewarding, time and time again, it fuels fantastic discoveries.
I am a keen promoter of wine escapes, convinced this entertaining approach fits everyone's taste.
No doubt this is a great project with a great future.
Just a little word of thanks for your Slowwines people! I thought our trip got off to a bad start, as upon arrival at the airport in Madrid, the rental car agency never seem to have heard of us! We called the Spanish office straight away and in less than half an hour, we had a nice car to start our self-drive tour to Ribera del Duero. Instructions were clear, this wasn't just a map an a few directions. The tour itself was perfectly timed and measured! We never drove long distances and arrived at the scheduled visits without hurrying! That was pure pleasure.
Thank you for your service and attention! Your recommendations were great and we discovered unexpected cellars and places in the Rioja. Everybody was extremely friendly and welcomed us in a familiar way. We never felt as tourists, but part of the wine houses. It truly was an amazing wine tour!
My sister and I are from the United States and were in Salamanca for a week visiting my niece. We noticed a pamphlet advertising a one day Sierra de Salamanca tour and thought we would give it a try....I am so glad we did! We had an absolutely picture perfect day visiting several quaint villages and touring an organic winery.
Helena and Pierre were fantastic hosts. I hope to return one day to experience a longer tour. If you love wine, do yourself a favor and contact Slowwines.
3 days - Versatile wines along the Duero
from €725 pp
Places of interest
- Strong Ribera de Duero and intense Toro, substantial Cigales and Rueda wines are combined
- with visits to traditional and modern bodegas (wine cellars)
- Tasting 10 wines from 3 different wineries and other varietal wines from street cellars
- Cuéllar Castle
- Wine museum in Peñafiel