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Taste Ribera & Rueda Like a Local – 4 Spots Left

$500.00$4,375.00

Pack your bags, we are going to Spain from September 30 – October 5th, 2024.  This unforgettable immersion culinary trip is perfect for wine enthusiast, foodies, wine collectors, professionals in the industry and for those looking to taste Spain as a local with Doreen Colondres.  In the middle of this exciting and festive season (harvest), we will visit the prestigious regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda, with stops in multiple cities: including Madrid and Segovia, declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Private Tour   6 Days   Mon- Sat  

This unforgettable food and wine trip will let you explore every single phase of the harvest, while you taste Castilla y León as a local.  Harvest season is the best time to visit a wine country.  The celebrations are endless and while you “understand things better” and taste extraordinary wines, you can be part of the energy, excitement, and optimism of an entire community.

Travel like a local with us!  This region offers the greatest diversity of natural landscapes in Europe, as well as spectacular monuments, superb wines and an impressive gastronomy specialized in traditional hearty fare, with dishes like roasted milk-fed lamb, black sausage, roasted suckling pig… and of course amazing olive oils, cheeses, mushrooms and jamón.

We will visit the prestigious wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda, including the so-called Golden Mile (Spoiler: It’s not a mile!). Here you’ll be able to find some of the world most prestigious Tempranillo wines. We will also stop in multiple towns and cities: including Madrid and Segovia, declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Pack your bags and get to ready to:

  • Savor Spain with Doreen Colondres
  • Experience every angle of the harvest season
  • Explore two of Spain’s premier wine regions
  • Stay at charming 4-5 stars local boutique hotels
  • 4 breakfast, 4 lunch & 3 dinners (lunch and dinner includes wine)
  • 6 unique experiences at family owned, award winning and Grandes Pagos wineries
  • Visit 2 wineries in the Golden Mile
  • Superb local food, including an experience at a Michelin restaurant
  • Taste 70+ hand-selected wines representing the diversity of the region
  • One spa circuit (at the first hotel)
  • One Olive Oil Tasting and Iberico Master Class by Doreen Colondres
  • Fantastic scenery with time for pictures
  • Insured deluxe transportation
  • Max of 10 travelers

Price (2024 – Coming Soon!)

$4,375.00 Total p/person double occupancy
$500.00 add supplement p/p single occupancy

$1,000 deposit is needed to secure your spot. If you are traveling alone, you will need to add a $500.00 supplement for a single occupancy. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance is due 90 days before the trip. No cancellations allowed. You can transfer your spot at no charge.

Tour description

The perfect week to indulge yourself with traditional food, wine, culture, and stunning landscapes.  The final itinerary will be shared via email a month before departure date.

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DAY 1 – Monday in Madrid – La Vid, Ribera del Duero

We will meet at Madrid International Airport in the morning (Terminal 4).  Doreen, (your friendly guide), will be there waiting for you in a private luxury van to start the journey.  Lunch with a guided tasting of the best tapas in the Ribera del Duero will be paired with local birra (beer) and a chance to meet the wonderful Albillo.  After check-in at a local family owned hotel you can relax at their spa, where you will be treated  “as” one of the best grapes in Spain.  After your body is set to Spain zone, you will be ready to meet a wonderful local family that will show you how big the passion for food and wine is in this region.  Lucky you, after a winery tour and a private barrel tasting, they are cooking the most delicious local food you can imagine. Then, make sure you get a good night’s sleep because the itinerary awaits you.

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DAY 2 – Tuesday in Valladolid – Peñafiel – Aranda del Duero

Wake up! After breakfast, we are driving to the Golden Mile.  The first stop will be in a relatively new awarded winery from one of the most prestigious winemakers in Spain.  They will guide us following the same way the grapes do as they are processed during harvest, and you will explore the five levels of their gravity-led winery, followed by a tasting of their gems (collector items).  The second stop will be to visit a unique winery where the extraordinary conditions capture the landscape in each bottle. On a tour of the different territories you will be able to explore and learn about the history of each project, its vineyards and winemaking processes. During the visit to the facilities you will enjoy six gastronomic proposals along with the tasting of six wines from the different vineyards.  A tapas experience in harmony with their wines, from their Michelin restaurant will follow.

Lunch/Dinner will take place on a secret hidden gem.  Well, no secrets here… We will visit a underground cellar from the 15th century, to have an over the top Rioja vs Ribera tasting , followed by lunch in one of the top award winning Asadores in Spain.  You will end up hugging the female chef behind this amazing spot that only locals know about.

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DAY 3 – Wednesday Sardón del Duero, La Vid

After breakfast, we will drive to one of the Grande Pagos of Spain, located in the “Golden Mile“.  We will tour the spectacular estate in a private 4×4 vehicle, visiting their vineyards, the Duero river, the pine forests and exploring the flora and fauna of the area.  The experience will not end until we make a stop to have a “farm-to-table” lunch and a tasting of their wines produced under the Grandes Pagos classification (collectors items).   After that we will go back to the hotel for a show cooking with a “vino en porrón” class for lunch/dinner.  The late afternoon will be open for you to explore nature, the Peñaranda town and Castle or the Monastery Santa María de La Vid on your own.  Although you can also exercise, take a siesta or schedule another visit at the spa on your own.

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DAY 4 – Thursday Soria, Valladolid, Segovia

After a very early breakfast, we will drive to our last winery in Ribera del Duero.  Here we are gonna explore a winery at almost 3,300 feet above sea level in the region of Soria, an area considered by many to be an ethnographic jewel from a viticulturalist’s perspective. In this valley you will find pre-phylloxera vines of a unique ancestral clone of the Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) grape variety that have been preserved through the centuries.  After the tasting paired with one of the best protected cheeses in Spain, we will drive to the city of Valladolid. We will try our best to give you an hour or two to enjoy a coffee, do some shopping or take a selfie at the Plaza Mayor.  Then straight to Rueda DO, to have a superb tasting at one of the most exclusive wineries. They will cook the most typical dish in town to show us how Verdejo pairs to perfection with local food. For dessert a magical scenery will be waiting for you.  Then free time to check-in and enjoy the night.

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DAY 5 – Friday Segovia, Madrid

Free morning to enjoy a stunning Unesco site.  Visit the Romanesque aqueduct, a former royal palace or a Gothic cathedral, unless you just want to go shopping and take pictures.  In the afternoon we are going back to Madrid for a farewell experience.  Then we are taking you to the hotel.

DAY 6 – Madrid

Free time in Madrid, although we are planning an optional authentic tapas walking tour or a gourmet market visit with a Jamón Ibérico Master Class.  You should schedule your returning trip for this day in the late afternoon, unless you prefer to enjoy a Saturday in Madrid and depart on Sunday (recommended).

Important Notes

  • Not included: Air tickets, tips, additional food and alcoholic beverages other than the ones included on the agenda (lunch, dinner, tastings and the experiences), travel insurance (health, cancellation, etc.) and of course, expenses during your free time.
  • This season is perfect to find flight deals to Spain. Also, buying from Spain is usually cheaper.  Feel free to ask us or contact our friends in Spain to compare flight rates.
  • We strongly recommend not to fly via London to avoid taxes and delays.
  • You can bring your wine luggage or you can ship wines from Spain using Cargo Wine for an additional cost. We can assist you with that.

Deposit/Payments

$1,000 deposit is needed to secure your spot. If you are traveling alone, you will need to add a $500.00 supplement for a single occupancy. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance is due 90 days before the trip. No cancellations allowed. You can transfer your spot at no charge.

Detailed itinerary, health, safety & dietary restrictions

We will share a questionnaire for you to fill out in advance.  We want to learn about any special needs (allergies or food intolerances) prior the trip.  You will receive your official/detailed itinerary via email, in addition to several documents to be signed before departure date.  In case you are planning to extend your stay in Spain, we can assist you with recommendations from our local tour operators.

Others

The itinerary could suffer minor changes. We will keep a few activities out of the agenda as a surprise.  This trip could be subject to changes caused by unexpected issues from our providers, weather conditions, road closures or safety issues.  Do you have any question? Send us an email to cheers@vitishouse.com.

See you in Spain!

Reviews:

Sandra Hill   

“How does one capture the beauty of a week in Spain with Doreen? I’ve traveled Spain and toured vineyards extensively; however, Vitis House and Doreen elevated the experience into memories that cannot be made independently. We savored Spain’s wine, food, history, and culture. We learned and laughed. My heart will forever be full of the memories. It is a truly unique experience. We are excited about future trips with Vitis House!”

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Price

$1,000 Deposit p/p, $4,375 Total p/p double occupancy, $3,375 Balance p/p double occupancy, $500 add supplement p/p single occupancy

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