Wine Tourism in Rueda and Toro
Wine Tourism in Rueda & Toro
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. We have put together a selection of easy to customise weekend trips in Ribera del Duero. Great Value for money and a very good option to avoid spending hours and hours looking for the ideal places to visit... We´ve done that for you already. This Route covers part of what we visit in our Spain and Portugal wine Tour. We recommend you to have a look at it and join us!
Arribes de Duero to Salamanca Wine Route
This wine route starts in Toro and Zamora, and will enable you to discover the glorious past of these middle age towns and beautiful natural spots. The Duero river marks the border between Spain and Portugal and is part of the natural park of Arribes del Duero. From there, the route takes us to Salamanca, one of Spain´s most culturally rich cities with one of Europe´s oldest universities.
Toro wines are usually powerful. The Tinta de Toro is the grape used here, which is similar to Tempranillo used in Rioja or Tinta del país used in Ribera del Duero. In this region (which gives name to the appellation Toro) the wines acquire a distinctive flavor and color. This medieval city is very representative of the history of Castilla león as Toro was the province’s capital Turing the middle ages. Lots of monuments remind the visitor of its past splendor.
Following the Duero river we arrive at Zamora, the present capital of this province. It is worth visiting its historical district and some of its monuments such as the Romanesque church of Santa María la Nueva, which dates back to the XI century, or the Cathedral, also of Romanesque style and whose dome has become the symbol of Zamora.
Arribes de Duero - Fermoselle
As we approach Portugal, history gives way to nature. On the way to Fermoselle we arrive at the natural park of Arribes del Duero, which runs through Zamora, Salamanca and Portugal. There are impressive canyons where it is possible to observe protected bird species. Miguel de Unamuno, one of Spain’s most relevant philosophers and writers loved this area.
Ledesma, 35 km west of Salamanca, has a remarkable historical district, including the City Hall, the Main square, the hospital and the medieval walls. In its surroundings there are 2 Romanesque bridges and a Spa.
Salamanca has been Europen cultural capital thanks to its enormous historial and cultural heritage, which has been preserved through centuries. Salamanca is a university City par excellence where we may admire examples of Romanesque, gothic and baroque style. There is a wide offer for tourists including music, dance, exhibitions, street shows…