An Unforgettable Wine Trip: Toro and Aribes del Duero (Part 2)

ITTN’s Jack Goddard was fortunate enough to be invited to Toro and Aribes del Duero by the Spanish Tourist Board. Check out how it progresses in Part Two of this series.

When we arrived at Arribes del Duero, the rustic look of the area took me back. It was as old and traditional as you can get. Humble and quaint little houses overlooking the beautiful Spanish countryside as far as the eye can see.

When we arrived we wandered the winding streets of the old town. This place is home to over 1000 wine cellars and we were allowed to explore a handful of them as our guide explained the history of the Arribes del Duero.

Although some wine cellars have been modernized, many have been kept in their original form dating back decades. I was amazed to see how they were able to keep up with modern basements without the same equipment.

One of the vineyards we visited was El Hato y el Garabato. This was by far the highlight of the trip for me. Small family run winery. Making a set number of bottles each year allows them to work directly at every stage of the process, from the grapes on the vine to the cork on the bottle. This is artisanal production at its finest. The owners of the generosity received me with such warmth and generosity, I will never forget it. They are passionate about what they do and welcome visitors with open arms.

We were fortunate enough to receive an invitation to their house where the wine is made. Meeting the couple’s daughters and even their amazing dog was a lovely personal experience.



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