April Saturday 11, we go to El Lagar de Isilla and Aranda de Duero

El Lagar de Isilla

Price of the tour: 64 euros + 20 of optional lunch. You can book for 25 euros, the rest you pay it on the day of the tour with Ticketea, Paypal or a bank transfer with an email to igsegma@gmail.com  Time depart 10,30 h ( Hotel Claridge cafeteria, Plaza del Conde de Casal ). Discounts for members of the Winebus Club and groups (4 or more people) call to 34 630 099 630.

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We are going to a winery that they know very well what they are doing. They have wonderful facilities in Aranda de Duero and a new winery in la Vid, 12 miles from Aranda de Duiero. Its owner, José Zapatero impressed us so much when we first met him, that I could not resist writing the post “No time for having lunch but I love so much what I do” (In Spanish)

El Lagar de isilla is one precise example of what happened on the 60s in Ribera del Duero. Then, there were many wineries that kept their wines on the centenary caves that were underneath its facilities in Aranda de Duero.

What José said to us is that, at that time (the 60s) in El Lagar de Isilla, the more wine bottles they sold the more they lost. The cost of handling and moving the wine on those old caves made impossible to get any profitability. They had to take a decision between two alternatives: 1) To stop elaborating wine 2) To create the adequate facilities to the new times. In El Lagar de Isilla they decided to go this second way. 

Since then, they have been the precursors of many of the new things being done in Ribera del Duero. They have made different investments. Last year they opened a wine hotel with 10 amazing rooms decorated on the Ribera del Duero Style and a big restaurant with 300 persons capacity .One year later I can say they have been very successful on these new investments.

There we will taste a minimum of 3 wines.

After the visit we will go to Aranda to have tapas and wines to the old El Lagar de Isilla in Aranda. There the tapas are as good as in the best place in Madrid.

We will also have the opportunity to visit the old caves that are 17 ms on the underground. The experience is unforgettable.

On the afternoon we will have the opportunity of visiting other caves and to realize that life in Aranda de Duero`s underground was very important on the XVIth century. At that time there were 300 caves in town. All the winemakers used to dig and dig underneath their own houses to have a place to maintain the wine in good shape for the whole year. There the temperature is constant at 15 Celsius degrees.

On this tour we are not going only to drink great wines  but also learn a lot about the wine history.

And it is such a great pleasure to hear nice stories with a glass in hand… 

Program of the day:

10 h Depart from Madrid (Hotel Claridge Cafetería, Plaza del Conde de Casal)

12,30 h Visit to Bodegas El lagar de Isilla (La Vid y Barrios). Tasting of three of its wines.

14,15  h End of the visit to the winery. We move to Aranda de Duero.

14,40 h Lunch with tapas and wines in Aranda de Duero. (20 euros closed price, optional) (Not included on the price of the tour

17 h Visit of the undergrund caves.

18,30 h End of the guided visit. We go back to Madrid.

19,07 h Sunset.

20,30 h Arrival to Madrid (Hotel Claridge Cafetería, Plaza del Conde de Casal).

Price of the tour: 64 euros + 20 of optional lunch. You can book for 25 euros, the rest you pay it on the day of the tour with Ticketea, Paypal or a bank transfer with an email to igsegma@gmail.com  Time depart 10,30 h ( Hotel Claridge cafeteria, Plaza del Conde de Casal ). Discounts for members of the Winebus Club and groups (4 or more people) call to 34 630 099 630.

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