When staying at a wine estate of some reputation, it would seem foolish not to tour the vineyards and sample the wines, now wouldn’t it? I was staying at one of Spain‘s newest properties near Valladolid, Spain – Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine – located in 700 acres of prime wine-growing (and award-winning) hectares in Sardon de Duero.
The 30 euro tour, available to non-residents too, takes you by Landrover all over the estate to see the different varieties of grape, to hear about the techniques of wine growing and to understand just what alchemy turns this humble fruit into the nectar of the gods.
It came as somewhat of a bonus, it has to be said, that the landscape is particularly stunning. A wine plateau of some magnitude, as far as the eye could see.
Our guide was Alvero Perez Navaro – “just call me Al”, an engaging character. His encyclopaedic knowledge and his enthusiasm for the grape is infectious – a true vigneron.
Even when a storm is threatening, the landscape is breathtaking. For a brief moment, flashbacks to the film El Cid come hurtling unbidden towards me and I half expect to see Charlton Heston come galloping across the plain. Back to the story.
The tour unusually includes a visit to the winery too and we could watch as the experts go about their work.
We could even peek into the cellars, humidity controlled …
Before settling down to a wine tasting session. The reds are, of course, superb … but wait until you taste the just unveiled white – the first winery in the region to create a white wine.
And of course, there is a wine shop where you can purchase a bottle or two or perhaps even a couple of cases – I’d recommend it if you have the space and the budget.
The best treat of all? If you are staying as a hotel guest, this bottle comes with your room. Salut!
For more information about the winery tours, visit www.abadia-retuerta.com. Tours cost Euros 30 per person and take around two hours in total. Reservations recommended. Children under 12 not permitted.
Contributor and photographer: Sue Lowry
Covering some 700 hectares of prime vineyards and farmlands, the medieval estate dating back to 1146, now known as Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, is the first property in Spain to have hotel-wide butler service. Rooms start at just euros 290 per night, inclusive of tax and breakfast with discretionary service.
The Estate is around a two hour drive from Madrid (direct flights from London Heathrow Airport with British Airways) or around 45 minutes from Valladolid Airport (direct flights from London Stansted with Ryanair).
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