This popular tour has been part of our programme for several years. First class wines compete on equal terms with the better known wines of La Rioja and are not found wanting in comparison. It’s a rewarding and refreshing change of scene.
We sail from Plymouth on Sunday at 1645 and will have dinner on board in Le Flora restaurant.
We reach Santander at 1400 on Monday and drive southwards into Castile and thence to Valladolid where we check into the Hotel La Vega for seven nights. The hotel is on the outskirts of the town and is very comfortable with spacious bedrooms, a large bar and an indoor Roman swimming pool, ideal for relaxation after a hard day’s wine tasting! We have dinner at the hotel this evening.
Next day Tuesday we are travelling eastwards following the River Duero towards the principal town of the region, Aranda de Duero.
Just outside the town we head for our first visit to the historic Real Sitio de Ventosilla where we will enjoy a visit and tasting. After this visit we will now drive to Condado de Haza home of the legendary Alejandro Fernandez of Pesquera wine fame for a lengthy, gourmet tasting lunch at their very fine establishment. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
On Wednesday morning we drive to the Cigales region and visit the Finca Museum at Corcos which came about as the start of an expansion programme by Grupo Baron de Ley of La Rioja. They discovered a vineyard in the region and built a spectacular winery. Our visit will include the winery and the Museum , a tasting with snacks and then we’ll travel to Fuensaldaña for lunch at La Dama de la Motilla. Our final visit will be to the Cigales Cooperativa in the town itself.
Thursday - This morning we will drive to Peñafiel and a visit to Bodegas Protos,a wine cooperative specialising in Ribera DoC and Rueda products. After our visit we drive eastwards to Quintallana de Onesimo to visit Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro and have a late lunch in their Michelin-starred restaurant
Friday sees us travelling towards Rueda home of excellent white wines. Our first visit at 1100 will be with the Grupo Yllera where there will be a visit and tasting of their wines followed by lunch in their underground cellar “El Hilo de Ariadne”. Returning towards Valldolid we stop at Bodegas Sauco where Patricia will look after you in her own inimitable styl
We head northwards on Saturday to Valoria la Buena and the welcoming Bodegas Pilcar. We’ll return to Valladolid to give you an afternoon shopping and sightseeing in this historic city. Dinner will be at the restaurant “Los Zagales” near the hotel this evening.
On Sunday we travel along the Duero once again towards Aranda de Duero to visit Bodegas Torremilanos. After the tasting we have lunch at the estate and in the afternoon on our way back to Valladolid we’ll stop to visit the castle at Peñafiel.
Monday We leave the hotel after breakfast and head northwards through Burgos then pick up the N623 which takes us on a fascinating drive into the Picos de Europa mountain range , over the El Escudo Pass and down the stunning Pas Valley to Santander. We board the 1700 sailing to Plymouth and have dinner together this evening. The cruise is very much part of the holiday so carry on relaxing and taking in the ocean airs.
On Tuesday we reach Plymouth at 1400 and the coach will then return to the original pick up points.
(The cost includes : all travel by executive coach ;ferry crossings with 2-berth cabin; breakfast and dinner aboard; seven nights 4* hotel accommodation with breakfast; meals as described; visits as described; Tour Escort
Single supplement(Room and cabin) £185
Pick up points: Portsmouth-Bridport-Exeter-Newton Abbot- Plymouth