Fans of quality Spanish wine will already know about the Ribera del Duero, and its capital city of Aranda de Duero. Wine lovers partial to wine tourism should really consider a trip to this Spanish wine stronghold for their next trip. Located in the Burgos province, Aranda de Duero has a lot to offer for lovers of fine wine and food. We don’t think you’ll need all that much convincing, but let’s see what they’ve got going on in this wine mecca!
Why you should visit Aranda de Duero
First and foremost, this is wine country. Any serious wine lover will know that the top wines of Ribera del Duero can hang with the best of Bordeaux, Burgundy and California. The region is home to iconic producers that need no introduction, Vega Sicilia and Pingus chief among them. These places are legendary, and the wines cost a small fortune. That doesn’t mean that Aranda de Duero is just for millionaires, though. Far from it. Visit Aranda de Duero and you can see that for yourself!
5 things to do in Aranda de Duero (that won’t cost a fortune!)
Take a trip to Aranda de Duero, and you’ll find yourself with no shortage of things to do. Assuming that your budget has some sort of limit, let’s focus on five things you can do that won’t require taking out a second mortgage on your home!
- Visit Ribera del Duero wineries. This one is a no-brainer. Aranda de Duero is the beating heart of the Ribera del Duero wine region, and there are world class vineyards just waiting to be explored all around. The official Ribera del Duero DO is responsible for the wines of the region, and is a good place to start when looking for wineries to visit. Keep in mind that you may need to book in advance, some wineries may not be open to the public, and that seasonality can be a factor: Arrive in the height of harvest and you may not be welcomed with open arms! Here, planning ahead is vital!
- Visit the city’s underground cellars. The wine cellars or bodegas that lie underneath Aranda de Duero are truly a spectacle to behold. Calling to mind the underground caves of Saint Emilion or Champagne, this is a wine lover’s delight. Even better, you don’t need to leave the city in order to get there.
- Churches, churches and more churches! If religious architecture is your thing, Aranda de Duero is the place to be. You’ll find some beautiful and historic cathedrals here and the most impressive among them are Santa María la Real and San Juan.
- Festival time. Aranda de Duero is home to the annual festival of la Virgen de las Viñas, our lady of the vines. This is a week-long celebration held in September, and the festivities are not to be missed.
- Must-see museums. Take a break from wine tasting and experience some of Aranda de Duero’s speciality museums – the pottery museum and the train museum are well worth a visit!
Have you ever visited Aranda de Duero? How was your experience? Share your tips in the comments below!