Route of wines from Ribera del Duero

Follow the dreamy course of the Duero river from Soria to Tordesillas and discover the surprising place of origin of the most famous Spanish wines.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
A city of poets, Soria invites you to wander and discover the places that inspired Bécquer, Machado and Gerardo Diego. Some architectural gems are really worth visiting: the Santo Domingo church, the Concatedral de San Pedro, the Romanesque cloister of San Juan de Duero or two of its cultural references: the bucolic San Polo, former monastery of the Temple, and the San Saturio chapel with its quiet boardwalk along the Duero river. Once you have restored your energy with the local energy bars -the crispy and irresistible torreznos (rashers of bacon) or some other culinary delicacy -try to plan your trip during the fungi season-, you should head to the interesting Celtiberian site of Numancia, which passed into history for its fierce defence against the Roman siege. In the surroundings, it is worth visiting El Burgo de Osma, the entry to the Río de Lobos canyon. Following the Duero downriver we arrive in San Esteban de Gormaz, where the Designation of Origin comprises, from east to west, four provinces: Soria, Burgos, Segovia and Valladolid. Quite close is the village of Atauta, famous for having the set of traditional wineries best preserved in the whole route of Ribera del Duero. Same as San Esteban de Gormaz -with a remarkable Romanesque style-, another recommended stop is Langa de Duero, declared Site of Historic-Artistic Interest, or Castillejo de Robledo, where the slopes of the castle are full of wine presses and there is a Romanesque 12th-century parish church.
Day 2
Monday.
Have a good night sleep in the ducal town of Lerma, where you can't forget to try a good roasted lamb paired with red wine, and take the opportunity to discover the riverside lands of Burgos. The Augustian monastery of La Vid, with its slim Churrigueresque belfry, will welcome you. You should visit the Historic Site of Peñaranda de Duero, which welcomes you with its imposing castle, turned into an interpretation centre, and the Palacio de los Zúñiga y Avellaneda and the Colegiata, framed in one of the most beautiful and genuine squares in Castille. Aranda de Duero, European Wine City 2020, is worth a visit to admire the imposing Gothic Isabelline façade of the Santa María church, stroll through its 7 km of underground wineries and enjoy some of their many festive and cultural events while you try some wines. In the surrounding area we should highlight Gumiel de Izán, where Portia is located: the state of the art winery designed by Norman Foster for the Grupo Faustino, the walled enclosure of Aza, the recovered set of traditional wineries of El Cotarro, in Moradillo de Roa, and Roa de Duero, where you will find the modern headquarters of the Regulatory Board of the DO, and other great spots for chatting and visiting some local wineries.
Day 3
Tuesday.
Once in the Ribera del Duero region in Valladolid, the most important village is Peñafiel. Its ensign is its imposing castle, which houses the Provincial Museum of Wine, a must visit for #winelovers. Besides, you should walk through its Jewish district and arrive in the Plaza del Coso, with its traditional wooden balconies and its monumental churches and convents. In this region is located the vacceo site of Pintia, which has proven that wine was consumed in this area already 2500 years ago. Protected by vineyards we arrive in Pesquera de Duero, where the Cotarro de San Pedro, a beautiful hill full of wineries, will welcome you. You should also visit Valbuena de Duero, in the middle of the “Golden Mile”. Here you will find the iconic Vega Sicilia and other prestigious wineries as well as the Cistercian monastery of Santa María de Valbuena, the permanent headquarters of the Fundación de las Edades del Hombre. Within this route is the natural space of Hoces del Río Riaza, between the towns of Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela, Maderuelo and Valdevacas de Montejo, whose rocky cliffs house the biggest colony of griffon vultures in Europe.