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Trip Guide to Ribera del Duero: Spain's Undiscovered Wine Region

David Nicolas Red wine, jamon iberico, and sheep's milk cheese at El Molino de Palacios in Penafiel

Photo: David Nicolas

While rich, intense, and deeply complex Ribera del Douro reds have a growing number of devotees around the world, the region itself is still largely undiscovered. Until recently, when a flurry of new hotels and inns attached to wineries started opening, even rooms were scarce. But for the adventurous oenophile, the payoff in visiting Ribera now is enormous. Medieval castles, ancient walled cities, and wildflower fields fill the landscape. The bodegas are small, with intimate tasting rooms and vintner-led tours (try finding that in Napa). And the regional food—lechazo asado (roast baby lamb), jamón ibérico (cured ham), rich sheep's milk cheese—alone is worth the trip.

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Inspired by: Wine Tour through Ribera del Duero — by Leslie Brenner, Published Mar. 2006

Hotels (2)

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    Hotel Arzuaga

    Both a hotel and a working winery, Arzuaga is situated on a 3,460-acre estate in the Duero river valley, surrounded by scenic vineyards and a priva

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    Hotel Torremilanos

Restaurants (3)

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    Mesón de la Villa

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    Molino de Palacios

    Enter the converted 19th century mill (molino is Spanish for mill) through a tunnel, and order from a menu of Castilian dishes cooked in a wood-bur

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    Mesón El Pastor

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    Bodegas Peñalba Lopez

    The 102-year-old estate is spread over 492 acres, including some planted with 80-year-old vines. The winery makes its own barrels from its vast sto

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    Condado de Haza

    Large and modern, the cellar houses thousands of barrels, including ones signed by Spanish royalty, soccer stars, and actors; it's the Iberian equi

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    Tinto Pesquera

    Seventy-three-year-old wine maker Alejandro Fernández put the region on the map with Tinto Pesquera. Considering its renown, the winery itself is

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