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Discover the authentic wine culture of Rueda provided by La Ruta de Don Federico

Discover the authentic wine culture of Rueda

Discover the authentic wine culture of Rueda
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from $230.29 per adult
About
During this experience we will visit two unique ecological wineries with their own vineyards, wine-making facilities and maturation chambers. The first is a complex of historical buildings built and restored between the 15th and 18th centuries in a secluded countryside area amidst some 140 hectares of vines. The second winery has a rustic setting and features a tour of 17th century 12 metre deep subterranean passages where the wine matures in oak barrels. Guests have the opportunity to walk among the vines and learn in detail how grapes are grown and harvested, how the wines are made and what makes the terroir and produce of this region unique. Our experience is very personal and groups are very small (maximum of 6 guests) and the emphasis is at all times in immersing guests in the authentic local traditions and providing an insight not only into the history of the region but a glimpse of the lives of the local people committed to viniculture in this ancient land of wine elaboration.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 200741P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Tutored tastings of the ecological wines produced at both vineyards we visit is included and local wine is also served with lunch • A three-course traditional Castilian lunch is served during the tour, typically including charcoal-grilled pork, steak or chicken, or fish paired with white wine followed by dessert and tea or coffee • A selection of artisan cheese and cured ham is served during the wine-tasting sessions • Mineral water is provided for each guest during the journey to the vineyards • Air-conditioned vehicle • All Fees and Taxes
Duration
10h
Departure details
Plaza del Poeta Iglesias, 5, 37001 Salamanca, Spain By the statue of the architects on Plaza de Poeta Iglesias just outside the Plaza Mayor
Inclusions
Tutored tastings of the ecological wines produced at both vineyards we visit is included and local wine is also served with lunch • A three-course traditional Castilian lunch is served during the tour, typically including charcoal-grilled pork, steak or chicken, or fish paired with white wine followed by dessert and tea or coffee • A selection of artisan cheese and cured ham is served during the wine-tasting sessions • Mineral water is provided for each guest during the journey to the vineyards • Air-conditioned vehicle • All Fees and Taxes
Departure details
Plaza del Poeta Iglesias, 5, 37001 Salamanca, Spain By the statue of the architects on Plaza de Poeta Iglesias just outside the Plaza Mayor
Duration
10h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travelers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Plaza del Poeta Iglesias, 5
    Plaza del Poeta Iglesias, 5, 37001 Salamanca, Spain
    By the statue of the architects on Plaza de Poeta Iglesias just outside the Plaza Mayor
    See address & details
  • 1
    Olmedo
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Rueda
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 3
    La Seca
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Plaza del Poeta Iglesias, 5
    Plaza del Poeta Iglesias, 5, 37001 Salamanca, Spain
    By the statue of the architects on Plaza de Poeta Iglesias just outside the Plaza Mayor
    See address & details
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Robert K
131 contributions
Authentic Castille and Leon Experience: WOW
Oct 2019
The La Ruta de Don Frederico experience will, at a minimum, introduce you to young wine makers, pre-phylloxera 100 year plus vines, castle hotels, local innovators, family bodegas, and gastronomical delights.

Frederick and Maria Jose will understand your preferences including food choices, knowledge of Castille-Leon, budget, energy level,/health, Spanish language skills, wine knowledge, and prior Spanish travel experiences. They are incredibly timely, responsive, and thoughtful.

In our case, we had been in Portugal for two weeks before meeting with Frederick. He picked us up at the Madrid airport and eased us into a precise tour of Segovia. We opted to delve deep into the wines of the area and started with a local restaurant and four local wines. Frederick has a deep understanding of the Segovia architecture, politics, art, food, and local personalities. Later that evening we were introduced to the owner of a historic 15th century hotel in Topas. Our room was spectacular. We were treated to a solo tour of a Renaissance palace, the surrounding grounds, and a wine tasting of seven local wineries and a four-course meal. Early the next morning, we set off for Fariza, Mamoles, Formariz, Fermoselle, and Villar del Buey. We met talented wine makers/spouses, chefs, and families that have deep roots in the area stretching back many generations. All throughout the trip, Frederick took videos and photos capturing the magic. The third day we had a comprehensive tour of Salamanca. This Salamanca wasn’t the standard day tour bus tour you’d get from a Madrid operator. We were with locals/docents eating, drinking, and mingling with friendly folks. We purchased wines and spirits we cannot find in the United States and Frederick is helping us identify a distributor that can arrange for us to purchase some of Spain’s most amazing wines. The lodging and of the beaten track visits were lovely. We left Frederick and Maria with a detailed plan of our fourth day in Madrid. Frederick arranged for us to stay in an apartment/hotel and directed to traditional and non traditional sites to visit and eat at. He put together a twenty plus page writeup for the Madrid last leg. If we had a week in Madrid, we would have been set with his insights.

Frederick was a former corporate executive who has a voracious appetite for life. If he lived in our area, he’d be a good friend. Maria is charming and a joy to be with. We enjoyed being with the trail blazers who Frederick and Maria Jose introduced us to in the Castille-Leon area.

In the near future, we will be coming back, with friends, for a more extended tour of the area.
Written November 25, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
rutadonfederico
Robert, I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of your review – thank you so much. It is gratifying beyond measure to hear that guests have taken so much from their experience with us, especially as it was such a pleasure to introduce you both to the unknown viticulture you were seeking. I sincerely hope that you will indeed return, and soon, so that we can cast the net even further off the beaten path. Please consider yourselves as I do, true 'amigos de Don Federico'. Saludos muy cordiales Frederick Proprietor and Host
Written November 26, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Xenia
Hong Kong, China21 contributions
Dejarse llevar🥰
Go with the flow! This is a Spanish phrase I learnt during my 3-week Spanish course in Salamanca and could truly reflect this amazing wine tasting experience!

Thanks for Fred and Maria who took me and my friends to an intimate authentic wine tasting experience. While the weather was not so good as we wanted it to be, we felt sooooo lucky for taking on the tour where not only we were given a wealth of history of Salamanca wines (which I think is important for us to appreciate its delicacy) and the opportunity to come to such an authentic winery with small production (its beauty is that the winery puts their heart to the wines and each and every grape 🍇 is hand-picked!), but also the attentiveness of two amazing guides throughout the tour. Fred was very knowledgable and so full of energy and enthusiastic, taking pics for us and explaining everything! Maria has done a great job and the amazing lunch at the beautiful village was jaw-dropping and I was so full! Despite the rain, the medieval villages we visited were still so pretty and the rain indeed added some romantic elements in it! This is an authentic experience for which you wouldn’t find in other wine tour! Dejarse llevar ...... we can’t change the weather but our jubilation brought by the tour was in no way affected by the weather! Thanks Fred and Maria for bringing us this amazing experience!

Written November 21, 2019
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rutadonfederico
Xenia, we're delighted you not only chose to go with the flow but to go with La Ruta de Don Federico! It was such an easy pleasure to host you with your infectious enthusiasm and your smile brightening up a rainy day in the vineyard. I really hope you enjoy the special 2005 rufete you took back to Hong Kong – you must let us know what your wine-loving friends think of it when you finally uncork it! With very best wishes and happy memories Frederick Proprietor and Host
Written November 26, 2019
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NeilG
2 contributions
Wonderful second Visit
Jul 2019
This was our second visit to Salamanca to experience La ruta Don Federico's fabulous wine tasting experience. We loved our last trip so much, we recommended to friends who wanted to sample a slice of spain that they wouldn't usually experience and thats exactly what you get all wrapped up in a five star package in our opinion. Fred really does go out of his way to make sure your experience is one you won't forget. He provides an excellent standard of service and his wealth of knowledge of not only the local wineries but the local area really is fantastic. Salamanca is a lovely city well worth spending a few days and nights exploring it really does have a lot to see for a relatively small city. We enjoyed sampling some extremely high quality wines coupled with fantastic tapas and Our friends were so impressed with the whole trip that they too are already planning another visit.
We would highly recommend La Ruta Don Federico if you want a high standard of not only personal but friendly service they really do know how to look after you.
Written October 7, 2019
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What a lovely couple. I can't thank you enough for bringing your fantastic group of friends with you on your second visit – a true party of 'Amigos de Don Federico! With the fondest of recuerdos and saludos muy cordiales Frederick Proprietor and Host La Ruta de Don Federico
Written October 8, 2019
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Sightsee262412
2 contributions
Wine culture trip
Sep 2019
Don Federico’s small group tour is a great way to see authentic Spain,visit family run bodegas and much more in the luxury of first class transport.
Don Federico was an excellent host with great local knowledge. The visit to a family bodega and tutored wine tasting was both informative and very enjoyable. The fabulous regional cuisine at lunch was excellent. In the vineyard we watched the grapes being harvested which added to the whole experience and made it a day to remember.
Many Thanks Robert and Maureen.
Looking forward to coming back for another wine experience tour
5 Stars
Written October 7, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
It was not only a privilege but also great fun to be your host, Robert and Maureen. Your high level of interest, curiosity and enthusiasm throughout the day was gratifying, and I'm especially grateful that you brought sunny weather with you! We're here for you and waiting to receive you warmly on your next Ruta de Don Federico. ¡Salud! Frederick Proprietor and Host La Ruta de Don Federico
Written October 8, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gwynneth
1 contribution
Definitely not your ordinary wine tasting experience
Nov 2018
What an experience, tasting and appreciating good wines, enjoying great food. Frederick’s knowledge of the wines and history of the places we visited in Spain was excellent. Frederick introduced us personally to the winemakers, we met some of the most amazing individuals on our journey, all with a story to tell. This wine tasting tour takes you to a new level. It was a real education, highly recommended.
Written October 6, 2019
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Thank you for your kind comments Gwynneth. It was a genuine pleasure to host you and a joy to witness your passion for medieval doors! I hope you'll continue on your voyage of discovery of great Spanish wine. Here's to your ¡gran salud! Frederick Proprietor and Host La Ruta de Don Federico
Written October 8, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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