Castilla y Leon means Romanesque architecture, austerity and also wine. Castilla y Leon offers many possibilities to the tourist wishing to enjoy a cultural and gastronomic break.
Castilla y Leon is a crossroad for many types of wine: white Rueda made from the verdejo grape, red wines such as Ribero del Duero, the powerful Toro wine, or Bierzo wines made from the Mencia grape, without forgetting Cigales rose wines.
This wine route starts in El Burgo de Osma. This is a perfect place to stay and enjoy its culture. From there on everything along the river Duero revolves around wine: Aranda del Duero is the DO Ribera del Duero´s capital, Penafiel´s medieval castle hosts a fascinating wine museum, and on your way to Valladolid, Castilla y Leon´s biggest city, you will find some of the most famous and prestigious Spanish wineries. Our wine tours in Ribera del Duero cover areas of Valladolid and Burgos near the Duero river.
El Burgo de Osma is not part of Ribera del Duero, but is a perfect place to stay and start our route. From there on along the Duero riverside, everything revolves around wine.
The road N122 leads us to San Esteban de Gormaz, where we will find two Romanesque churches, castle ruins and a medieval bridge. As we leave the N122, we can go down to Atauta to discover a typical castilian landscape.
Aranda welcomes the Duero river under its bridges. The Tourist Office organizes visits to underground wineries.
In Aranda you may stroll through its cobbled squares and eat in its renowned asadores (typical restaurants for roasted meat), famous for their roast lamb. You make be surprised by a pleasant walk through its parks along the river Duero. You can also admire the façade of the Church of Santa María or that of San Juan.
We suggest you continue along the Duero towards Peñafiel, but if you have a bit of spare time it is a good idea to take the road A1 to Gumiel de Izán and visit some of the nearby villages which are very interesting from a cultural and wine point of view, with multitude of wineries and vineyards in Gumiel de Mercado or la Horra.
In Peñafiel you must not leave without visiting its castle which hosts a fascinating museum of wine. In Peñafiel you will also find some of the wineries which are very typical and representative of Ribera del Duero. If you want more information about castles in Spain we recommend you have a look at this post with some of the most beautiful castles in Castilla and Spain
On the way to Valladolid, we may go through Curiel and Pesquera or go towards Quintanilla de Onésimo. In Curiel you will find a lot of interesting historical buildings. In Pesquera there are as many as 17 wineries belonging to the Denomination of Origin Ribera de Duero, some of which are very prestigious.
Not far away, in Valbuena, you can visit the Monastery of Santa María. In Quintanilla, the river Duero flows under a bridge dating back to 1583, and you will be able to go for a walk near vineyards of renowned wineries.
You can find more information about the history of Ribera del Duero in this post.
The Capital of Castilla y León has an important historical and cultural heritage. There are remarkable religious monuments such as the monasteries which were responsible for the development of wine making in past centuries. However individual producers gradually appeared and decided to join in a guild called "Herederos del Vino" (wine heirs).
A stroll in the gardens along the Pisuegra river in the city center is a pleasurable experience, followed by a gastronomical halt in its mesones, taverns and figones, where you will discover Valladolid’s wines. The Office for wine tourism suggests 2 different routes to make the most of the city’s appeals and wine tradition.
If you are planning a holiday in Spain and you want to enjoy food and wine, if you want to sleep at historical places and discover cultural treassures, we sugget you consider this region. You will find great deals and ideas in our hotel, winery and holidays section in Castile.