Is your New Year’s resolution to take more/better/interesting vacations? Perhaps it’s to go somewhere under-the-radar. Even better: Maybe that under-the-radar place also happens to have amazing wine and food. Don’t let us tell you that Ribera del Duero fits the bill — the New York Times says so in its 2018 “52 Places to Go in 2018” list.
Their annual travel guide that has become a bible to the wanderlust set in recent years puts Ribera del Duero at number 48, declaring:
Despite playing second fiddle to Rioja, the region around the Duero River (before it crosses into Portugal and becomes the Douro) produces oenophile favorites like Protos — in a Richard Rogers-designed winery — and Arzuaga, among many others. Easily accessed through the city of Valladolid — an hour north of Madrid by high speed train — the area offers what many consider to be one of Spain’s finest hotels, Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine. Also, visit the wine museum in Peñafiel Castle and the National Sculpture Museum — the Prado of Spanish sculpture.
There’s so much more the region has to offer than just that one paragraph. Explore RDD’s history and info, and meet some of its famed winemakers in the videos below. Then, book a trip and get ready for wine, food (we highly recommend the suckling lamb if you’re a carnivore) and the unbeatable hospitality Spain is known for.