The Valbuena Monastery in the heart of Ribera del Duero
There are so many things to do in Ribera del Duero besides drinking incredible wines! For example, to visit the Monastery of Valbuena in the heart of Ribera del Duero, very, very close to what has been considered the golden mile due to its excellent vineyards.
This monastery was first founded in 1143. It has been recently restored and converted into a five-star hotel with a spa, but with a new name called Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena.
You may know that wine making and drinking in this area existed before the Romans came to Spain, but after the fall of the Roman Empire, knowledge of grape growing and winemaking was in Ribera del Duero. on the responsibility of the monks in Abbeys such as the Abbey of Valbuena. Hearing this story in this monastery just before or after visiting a winery is an experience not to be missed.
A five-star hotel with Spa
The abbey has now been converted into a five-star hotel with a spa. One of the best things you can do after visiting several wineries is to relax in the different pools of the hotel in their warm and cold water pools, have a sauna or a massage that will leave you in perfect condition to visit more wineries and drink more. wines the next day.
When you visit wineries and drink wine in them, the best way to enjoy them very, very slowly. And that also works when you are in a spa. If you are also in a Spa of a five-star hotel that is nestled in a monastery from the 11th century, this makes the ideal complement to the visit. The time in a spa, after a day of cellars, p is that it goes slower. It just stops.
Very close to the Monastery is Bodegas Emina, from the Matarromera group. This winery, apart from being the headquarters of the Matarromera group which is one of the most important in the Spanish wine scene of quality wine. The group has 8 wineries divided into different designations of origin: Ribera del Duero, Toro, Rueda, Cigales, Rioja.
It also has a very educational wine museum in which the history of wine in the region from the time of the Vacceos, long before the invasion of the Romans, is told in a very attractive way. And how. With the fall of the Roman Empire and the advent of the barbarians, the wine culture was preserved and maintained by the monks, the only people who knew how to read and write at a time in history where the only thing that mattered to the nobles was the handling of the sword and make war on the neighbors or the southern Arabs.
The Valbuena Monastery has a wonderful cloister that is essential to visit if one has decided to stay there.
Join us at this monastery on our tour to Ribera del Duero