I've seen a few posts similar to this, but they don't seem to resolve my particular question. I'll be visiting Spain this Spring for the first time, and was hoping to go on some wine tours. the first few days I'll be staying in Madrid, and was hoping for a day trip to the Ribera del Duero region. i've done my research and uncovered numerous outfits that do this. however, i've been quoted prices as high as €430 per person, making a day trip for two, just one and a half hours north of Madrid ,as expensive as round trip airfare from the US. i have to admit i did not expect this.
other options are to drive, bus or train to the region, and try to figure out a tour or two, and how to get there. or to stay at a bodega hotel, but again, i'd have to figure out how to get there, and that seems kind of limiting.
so, i guess my question is... what's the best way to tour bodegas in the Ribera region...? preferably without costing as much as trans-Atlantic airfare. are there guided tours that originate in the region with a more reasonable (to me) price point...?
or just give up on Ribera and tour Madrid wineries... the price quotes there are about 1/4 as much.