Wine Route (Rueda/Toro)
RUEDA AND TORO WINE ROUTE (RUTA DE LOS VINOS DE RUEDA Y VINOS DE TORO)
This route combines two important wine-producing regions with the historic city of Salamanca, home of one of Europe’s oldest universities.
Suggested access airports: Madrid/Valladolid
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de TORDESILLAS
The Rueda denominación de origen, while producing whites, rosés and reds, has made a place for itself in the world of Spanish wine thanks to the Verdejo white grape variety, which gives its whites their powerful aroma. The town of Rueda, which lends its name to the denominación de origen, is the center of local wine-making activity. Here we find the headquarters of the regulatory council for the denominación de origen, and the Castile-León Enological Station (Estación Enológica de Castilla y León. Of special note is De la Mota Castle. Tordesillas is home to the Toro Vega festival, and its Treaty Houses (Casas del Tratado) witnessed the signing of the document which divided the New World into two parts. Nearby lies the natural open space of Riberas de Castronuño-Vegas del Duero, falling within the town limits of Pollos, Castronuño and Villafranca de Duero. www.riberadelduero.es
Second night: Parador de ZAMORA
The Toro denominación de origen is located within the area of Zamora divided by the Duero River, leaving the Land of Bread (Tierra del Pan) to the north, and to the south, the Land of Wine (Tierra del Vino). The importance of vineyards can be seen in local towns such as Venialbo, El Pego, Valdefinjas and Sanzoles, among others. They have preserved excellent examples of typical winery architecture, evidence of the ancient connection to this activity throughout the entire region. Toro is the capital of this wine-producing region, and the location of its regulatory council. All the hillsides along the route of the river are populated by numerous vineyards. The town has preserved part of its castle, as well as the Corredera and Arco del Reloj gates, dating from the 18th century. The city of Zamora itself is also very striking, boasting many monuments worth visiting. www.dotoro.es
Third night: Parador de SALAMANCA
After two days of discovering the world of wine, stroll to the center of the baroque 18th-century Main Square (Plaza Mayor), look around and allow yourself to be charmed by its beauty. You can visit the 15th-century House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas), the Old Cathedral (13th-century), New Cathedral (16th-18th centuries), and the university (16th-century), as well as many churches, palaces and the archives. The provincial capital is a treasure house of monuments, a city in which the hustle and bustle of the university throbs with ceaseless cultural activity. Nearby lies the Armuña region (Castellanos de Villiquera, Monterrubio, Gomecello, La Velles), famous for its legumes, and crossed by the ancient Roman Ruta de la Plata (Silver Route) as it weaves its way towards Zamora.