Visit to wine cellars of Spain
In Spanish cuisine, without question, the wine, as well as olive oil and Iberian cured ham, is one of the most widely known delicacies in the world; in this sense, practically in the entire Spanish territory we can find places where wine is cultivated, making it possible for the wine tourist to visit the most important wineries all around the country
Below are some of the most famous wine cellars in our country:
Among the best wineries to visit in Spain
These are some of the best wineries in Spain:
Pago de Carraovejas
Located in Peñafiel, province of Valladolid, it is one of the most indisputable points of reference in our country.
Pago de Carraovejas began in the 1970s and has today facilities of more than 26.000 square meters from where fantastic views of the Castillo de Peñafiel can be admired.
In this wine cellar, three varieties of grape are cultivated: Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, each with different cultivation methods. Among its wines we can highlight the Anejón 2012 or the Cuesta de las Liebres 2011.
Tío Pepe Wine Cellar
Birthplace of the worldly renowned “Sherry” and located in Jerez de la Frontera, Tío Pepe winery was founded in 1835 and as soon as the 1850s it was already exporting some of its wines to all of Europe, in this way becoming one of the main promoters of the internationally recognized Jerez wine.
Some of the most exclusive Jerez wines are currently marketed in Tío Pepe, such as the “Leonor” which is aged for 12 years, the “Cuatro Palmas”, that is matured for 45 years or the “Tío Pepe Kosher” prepared according to the precepts of the Jewish Talmud.
Marqués de Murrieta Wine Cellar
The Marqués de Murrieta wine cellar was established in 1852 in the wine region of La Rioja and beginning in the 1870s, it was the first in Spain that imitated the French cultivating techniques, and inspired by the “Chateau” concept, built the Ygay castle that houses the wine cellar since its construction.
Within its walls some of the most renowned wines of this designation of origin are produced, such as the Gran Reserva Castillo de Ygay or the Dalmau Reserva.
Matarromera Wine Cellar
Located in Valbuena del Duero, it was created in 1988 but in spite of its youth, it has become one of the flagships of the new Spanish wine cellars, so much so that it has been recognized by U.S. publications as one of the 100 best wine cellars in the world.
Among the wines that they produce, the ones that stand out are the Matarromera Crianza or the Matarromera Prestigio.
Spanish winery experiences
If the range of wine cellars that Spain offers is almost endless, we can say the same for the experiences that these wine cellars offer; from the most “classic” options such as a visit to the wine cellar including a wine tasting, to more original or “gourmet” experiences such as the following:
- Excursions on a hot air balloon to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the countryside of the Ribera del Duero with a wine tasting in the Emina and Matarromera wine cellar that includes a typical Castilian lunch.
- Horseback riding in the vineyards, accompanied by a wine tasting as well as honey and cheese, and the option to stay in Le Domaine hotel, part of the Abadia Retuerta wine cellar.
- Visits combining architecture and oenology in one of the wine cellars designed by world renowned architects such as Bodegas Ysios or Marqués de Riscal.
- Enjoy spa treatments, such as wine therapy and olive oil therapy in the Bodega Hacienda Zorita.
- Discover the new wine tourism project at Bodegas Ramón Bilbao that brings together the wine-making traditions of La Rioja and the modernity of virtual reality.