Spanish bodegas: visit the best wineries in Spain

Visit Spanish bodega wineries, among the best winemakers worldwide
Visit Spanish bodega wineries, among the best winemakers worldwide / Unsplash
18 February 2021, Redaction

Wine tourism in Spain is becoming more and more popular, as wine culture is gaining popularity among both Spaniards and foreign visitors in one of the countries that stands as one of the three largest wine producers in the world, along with France and Italy. From the best vineyards in Spain to the best wine region in Spain, we've got everything you need to know about Spain's best wineries to visit.

While Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Sherry are the 3 best-known classes of Spanish wine, there are actually a total of 76 D.O.P. wines in Spain (Denominación de Origen Protegida or Protected Designation of Origin). With 1.2 million hectares of vineyards and thousands of wineries, known in Spanish as bodegas, Spain is the perfect country for lovers of good wine.

Take note that the majority of Spain's wineries and vineyards remain open to the public with the necessary COVID-19 health and safety measures in place under government recommendation. It's time to sit back and relax, as we take you on a tour of 5 of the best bodegas or wineries in Spain, including famous winemakers and the oldest winery in Spain. Get to know the highest quality reds and whites of this country, and get planning your trip to some of Spain's most famous wineries when the health situation allows it.

Cavas Codorníu, Cava

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codorniu.com

Managed by the oldest family business in Spain, founded in 1551 and currently the largest owner of vineyards in Europe, this winemaker is especially known for its cava. Cava is a variety of sparkling wine similar to champagne which is produced in the north-eastern region of Catalonia.

The main bodegas, located in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, include a beautiful building designed by the architect Puig i Cadafalch, one of the greatest exponents of Catalan modernism. The guided visit of this winery, which lasts an hour and a half, is a must and includes seeing the museum and the winery, a modernist architectural tour, a visit to the first wine cellar, a descent and train tour of the underground cellars and a tasting session of two top-of-the-range Cavas. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners have introduced regulations in order to make tours as safe as possible, including limited group numbers on each tour and compulsory mask use. 

Bodega Protos, Ribera del Duero

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bodegasprotos.com

In the heart of the Duero basin in north-western Spain is Bodega Protos, which is located at the foot of the monumental castle of Peñafiel and surrounded by stunning vineyards. Founded in 1927 as a cooperative of 11 winemakers, this winery was the first to obtain the Ribera del Duero denomination of origin. It is located in a building designed by the Anglo-Italian architect Richard Rogers, winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.

The visit to the winery, which requires prior booking due to capacity limits, lasts an hour and a half and includes a tour of the facilities, a tasting of two wines, a white Verdejo and a red Crianza, and a souvenir gift. If you want a more immersive experience, you can sign up for their introductory tasting course, where you will learn how to taste wine like a professional.

Palacio de Fefiñanes, Albariño

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fefinanes.com

Known as the first winery to start producing D.O. Albariño wine, this bodega is located in the Palacio de Fefiñanes, a Renaissance-style castle built in the 16th century in the municipality of Cambados, Galicia.

A visit to this famous Spanish winemaker includes a complete tour of the castle, which has been classified as an Asset of Cultural Interest, as well as its facilities and vineyards, plus a wine tasting. Book to ensure you place on one of these popular tours. 

Bodegas Marqués de Riscal, Rioja

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arquesderiscal.com

Founded in 1858 and located in Rioja Alavesa, this wonderful winery offers a complete, rounded experience for wine lovers. In 2006 it became known as the City of Wine, a complex of wineries, vineyards and leisure facilities that includes the emblematic Hotel Marqués de Riscal, designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry, who was also behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The visit to the bodegas, which lasts an hour and a half, includes a tour of the wineries and a tasting of two wines, Marqués de Riscal Rueda Verdejo and Marqués de Riscal Reserva, accompanied by traditional Iberian cured meat from Rioja. Private tastings can also be arranged for a minimum of 10 people, which last 2 and a half hours and you have the option of different wines to choose from, all complete the with necessary health protocol.

Bodegas Tío Pepe (González Byass), Jerez

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Wikipedia

Founded in 1844, this winery is Spain's leading sherry producer. If you've ever been to Madrid's Puerta del Sol main square, you'll no doubt have seen the large, neon sign advertising this winemaker, with its fun logo, a bottle of wine with guitar and hat, located high up on one of the buildings in Madrid's central plaza.

This winery, which is actually located in the south of Spain, near Cadiz in Andalusia, offers a number of different visits for you to choose from. Enjoy a sherry tasting and experience the winery with all your senses, with tours ranging from the simplest option, which includes a tour and a tasting of two wines, to technical tastings of 5 to 9 wines, bicycle rides through its extensive vineyards and dinners and lunches accompanied by, of course, the finest sherry.

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