Wineries and getaways: the perfect pairing for the next long weekend in December

South south

Adored by the public and increasingly recognized by critics, the wines of Barbadillo, the bicentennial winery of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, are a rarity for combining quality, quantity (they produce 12 million liters a year), sustainability, innovation and tradition. For the traveler, in addition to their special wines, they have prepared pleasant guided tours, including tastings of their wineries and their Manzanilla Museum (barbadillo.com).

The north does not forget

Founded in 1879, the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (Cune) has turned its three spectacular wineries (one with Gustave Eiffel’s infrastructures) into the heart of the DOCa. Rioja, with plans that include visits to the vineyards, tastings and even a playroom for children (cvne.com).

Sips of art

Solar de Samaniego’s commitment to culture is felt both in Guido Van Helten’s murals in the old warehouses of his winery in Laguardia, as in the enoliterary tastings Beber between the lines and the 7 Cepas wine labels, illustrated by Elena Odriozola ( gruposolardesamaniego.com).

Foster is life

Sir Norman Foster erected the unique – and recognizable – volumes of Bodegas Portia in Burgos with complete freedom: from the restaurant to the gastrobar, passing through the terrace (below), architecture is art and art is liquid in vineyards where, in addition to wines Soft as its Verdejo, works by emerging creators are tasted (bodegasportia.com).

Ribera in essence

On the remains of Antonio Banderas’ frustrated dream of becoming a winegrower, the Bela winery rises. For the traveler, it implies a relaxed visit to a minimalist wood and glass architecture that reflects the lack of artifice of its artisan wines (bodegabela.com).

Quality 3.0

His Blanco Granito 2019 (above) is the first wine fermented and aged in Galician granite, a feat that summarizes the intentions of the Torres Family in the historic Pazo Torre Penelas in Rías Baixas: innovation, sustainability and tradition, both in its wines and in the decoration of Belén Sueiro from the 15th century architectural complex

Like a queen

In the lands of La Rioja that belonged to Eugenia de Montijo, Finca La Emperatriz is not only a wine tourism retreat, it is also the cradle of highly valued wines that they run out of vintages, as will happen with the first since it is a unique vineyard (brothershernaiz.com).

Thoroughbred poetic

Franked by the city of Toledo and the Cabañeros National Park, the uniqueness of the Pago de Vallegarcía winery has been recognized with the DOP qualification, enjoyed by the Hipperia wine, whose name pays tribute to the horse that is its symbol. (vallegarcia.com).

Andalusian toast

The wines and brandies of the Williams & Humbert wineries (the largest in Europe under a single helmet) are as representative of Jerez de la Frontera as the horse. Its facilities, awarded the National Architecture Award, are the Real Estate Heritage of Andalusia. (williamshumbert.com).

Legend wines

This 17th century manor house in the Rioja Alavesa must have something to do with it to become the Rothschild family’s first hotel outside of France. Only nine exquisite rooms serve as an exclusive hideout for those who visit the unique nearby wineries, owned by the millionaire saga and Vega Sicilia (palaciodesamaniego.com).

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The best liquid wardrobe in Madrid tastes like Santoña and noble products from the north Just landed in front of the Puerta de Alcalá, Berria Wine Bar will make making the wrong wine impossible with the advice of Tomás Ucha as head of sommeliers and with more than 1,600 references in the winery and 80 wines by the glass (in a dynamic menu that rotates every two weeks). To accompany them, dishes from the Cantabrian cookbook. (berriawinebar.com).