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Tour of Northern Spain

Posted by spikedc, Jan 17, 2012.

My wife and I have just booked an 8 day tour in Northern Spain at the end of May where we will be following the pilgrimage trail of 'The Camino de Santiago' starting in Madrid and ending in Santiago de Compostela,

The tour will take us through La Rioja where we will spend a couple of nights in Santo Domingo de la Calzada and we will be visiting some local Bodegas (not sure which ones). We will also be visiting Burgos, Leon, La Coruna, Combarro and Santiago de Compostela.

Very much looking forward to tasting as much wine as possible on the tour, Any recommendations from you guys would be great.

Counting down the days, can't wait !



Reply by jmw61, Jan 18, 2012.

Check out Viliacreces if you can!! Cheers

Reply by EMark, Jan 18, 2012.

Not being very worldly, Spike, I do not have any suggestions for you.  However, I am envious.  Have a great trip, and, please come back here and tell us about it.

Reply by JonDerry, Jan 18, 2012.

Very envious as well Spike, hope you make your time in Rioja count, especially.

CVNE is probably my favorite producer, but of course if you can make it to the big house of Marques De Riscal or Marques de Murrieta that would be great as well.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Jan 18, 2012.

I'm not sure if you will be anywhere close to Burgos.   I have enjoyed Ribera del Duero wines from Lopez Cristobal and here is another from Rioja R Lopez de Heredia

A work colleague from one of our Spanish branches road the Camino de Santiago on his mountain bike a couple of years ago.

Walking or riding, it sounds like a great adventure.  Have fun! 


Reply by Menchu, Jan 18, 2012.


I am a wine lover..actually from the North of Spain..could not let this one go..Where in Burgos just forget Riojas and enjoy as much as good Rivera de Duero wines as you can. And of course pair it with some good baby lamb, lechazo churro from Castilla y Leon, or with tapas of choice. Excelent bodegas, Arzuaga, Vega Izan, Martin Berdugo in the inexpensive side..Vega Sicilia if you could afford the 100+ Eur and do your research..or I can send you some more elaborate tips or lists.. As when in Leon try Pingus, Luna beberide, Tilenus, Casar de Burbia, Demencia 2008, Art 2009..-Leon is my hometown- even a totally dirt cheap Cuatro pasos 7 euros bottle is an excelent wine..Pair it with local food, ahumados, chorizo, morcilla, even cocido (typical stew)..And dont forget about the white Ruedas or some albarinos when you approach La Coruna and have to pair it with some excelent sea food of fish. If you go to restaurants..let them advise you, probably will be good choices.

Dont look for the wines that are imported in the US and you are familiar to, and are some times the comercial representation, also bigger bodegas, that not always grow their own grapes but buy from different places..look for the excelent wines that you can only enjoy in Spain. You will be thrilled. Any questions about any of the places you happy to help. Have fun!

Reply by JonDerry, Jan 19, 2012.

Great advice from a local, would definitely concur with the RDD recommendations, Ribera Del Duero. I find their wines slightly sweeter and rounder than Rioja's (maybe more licorice?), but just from my limited experience. Didn't realize you'd be near there, but definitely take advantage if you can. Something tells me you won't forget about Rioja though ; )

Reply by spikedc, Jan 19, 2012.

Thanks guys,

Lucho  -  Yes, we are visiting Burgos on Day 3. Not staying there just a few hours visiting the old town and cathedral (final resting place of El Cid). Hopefully get to check out the wines you mentioned.

Menchu  -  Welcome to Snooth,  Great info, will note the recommendations down. My wife and myself both come from Spanish background so we are looking forward to the food as well. A lot of the food is included as we are staying mostly in Paradores along the route. In Leon we will be at  the 'Parador de Leon' .

Looks like we are going to have to bring extra suitcases !

Reply by spikedc, Jan 19, 2012.

Jon - Definately hope to sample Ribera Del Duero but you're right i'm sure i'll check out one or two Rioja's as well.

Reply by InWineTruth, Jan 19, 2012.

On the white side, does the community have favorite producers of Viura/Macabeo, or even Rueda's Verdejo's??

Reply by Giacomo Pevere, Jan 19, 2012.

@Menchu - i've tried a couple of Ribera del Duero some month ago and i really enjoy it. Just my first two steps is that wine.

This is the one i preferred. What do u think about it?

Reply by madmanny, Jan 20, 2012.

If going through Ribera, check out Penafiel (sp?), if for no other reason than to see a hilltop castle that looks like an ocean liner.  It also puts you in the heart of the Ribera.

We had a wonderful tour at Val Sotillo (Ismael Arroyo).  Their caves are real caves, going into the mountainside for quite a ways.  Although we visited several others, this one stands out most in my mind.

We found the local hotels to be very helpful in arranging for visits, even on the same day.


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