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FJGonzalezG wrote a review Apr 2020
Bethesda, Maryland1,168 contributions191 helpful votes
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We really wanted to check out Finca Villacreces, the winery that produces Pruno, one of the best red wines under $20. The tour was fun, inexpensive, and added to our appreciation of Pruno and the Ribera del Duero wines. Ideally set in the middle of the Ribera del Duero's golden mile, the winery is surrounded by its picturesque vineyards, and housed in a traditional looking building. Our engaging guide explained the history of the winery, dating back hundreds of years, when it housed a monastery with winemaking monks. She also noted that the vineyards are cultivated organically, but unspecified aspects of the process prevent the winery from marketing the wine as "organic." She discussed the relevant aspects of the villacreces terroir and microclimates in the context of the Ribera del Duero region and explained the winemaking process, as she led us through vineyards and buildings. Villacreces uses steel vats and oak casks (both French and U.S.) for fermentation process, and they have started testing Spanish oak casks and cement vats. The tasting included two wines, Pruno and Finca Villacreces. Very good and better. It was accompanied by bread, jamón Iberico, and Manchego cheese. It was informative and yummy. One of the aspects that made this a very enjoyable tour was the setting, which was idyllic. The 285 acre state includes a small, 200-year old forest, and the facilities include a beautiful courtyard with an olive tree in the middle that is over 100 years old. There is also a charming chapel. The tour was inexpensive (15 Euros per person), and since we visited off season we did not need reservations. Luckily, when we checked around midday, we were told we could join another couple on a 4:00pm tour that day. Recommendation, call or email first. Finally, one of the workers at our local wine shop turned us onto Pruno by noting that its vineyards abut those of the older, more prestigious Vega Sicilia winery, and on the way out we were able to verify that indeed they are only separated by a narrow gravel road.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from fincavillacreces, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Finca Villacreces
Responded 29 Jul 2020
Thanks for your visit! It was a pleasure to receive you at Finca Villacreces and to be able to show you what is also known as the "hidden jewel of Ribera del Duero". Thank you very much for your detailed explanation and description of your experience. It will be very usefull for future visitors! We hope to see you again soon in Ribera del Duero. Kind regards, Finca Villacreces
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Ricardo wrote a review Feb 2020
6 contributions2 helpful votes
I personally liked the tour very much. It was my first visit to a bodega and it was interesting learning about their wine making process. The lady giving us the tour made it very fun. It is a beautiful place and the wines are great. I recommend the tour and wine tasting (also the olive oil) 100%.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from fincavillacreces, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Finca Villacreces
Responded 5 Mar 2020
Thank you for visiting us! It was a pleasure to welcome you in Finca Villacreces. Thank you for choosing us like your first winery in Ribera del Duero. We hope you can visit a lot of them and taste too many wines after that. Thank you for recommend Finca Villacreces experience! Kind regards, Finca Villacreces
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DrLUNIGA wrote a review Jan 2020
Lares, Puerto Rico539 contributions114 helpful votes
Great big and beautiful place. Great wines in there. Very cold on December. The reason for a 4/5 is the quality of their wines, actually should be a 3.5 due to my situation when I arrived there (make sure and double check your reservation because mine was cancelled without notification due to inventory)
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from fincavillacreces, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Finca Villacreces
Responded 7 Jan 2020
Thank you for your comment! We apologize for any inconvenience we may cause but we would like to clarify this situation. Your reservation was not canceled due inventory reasons, your reservation was not confirmed. At the time of requesting the reservation you were informed that the winery was closed from December 23rd to January 2nd. We contacted the person who did the reservation for you group and we request him for another date to welcome you in Finca Villacreces. We had not answear back so we understood you were not interested in visiting us. Sorry about the inconvenience again and we hope to welcome you in Finca Villacreces in the near future. Kind regards, Finca Villacreces
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skahl2015 wrote a review Aug 2019
Munich, Germany22 contributions1 helpful vote
The tour with Mercedes was the Mercedes of all wine tours in Ribera del Duero. She knows a lot about wine and its production process. We were able to try Pruno, Finca Villacreces, Izadi Selección, Vetus and a phantastic olive oil. This tour is highly recommended!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from fincavillacreces, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Finca Villacreces
Responded 26 Aug 2019
Thank you for visiting Finca Villacreces! It is very interesting to receive people from other countries pasionated about spanish wines. You had the opportunitie to taste different wines from many spanish wine regions during the tour and all of them show the personality from they came. Thank you for your comments about our wine tourism team! We try to welcome you in groups with few people, this way you can be more confortable, enjoying as much as possible the experience. We hope to see you soon in the near future in the hidden jewel of Ribera del Duero. Kind regards, Finca Villacreces
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LoveToTravel111845 wrote a review Jun 2019
Atlanta, Georgia23 contributions2 helpful votes
What a fabulous day! We’ve been to many wine tastings but this one was unique and different . Congrats to Roberto for being innovative ! We loved it:) presentation is amazing, the grounds are just beautiful and the guides are extremely informative . In addition you can spend as long as you want enjoying the ambience ! Highly recommend .. FYI, we received an entire bottle of Puno to share along with our cheese, salami, pate, bread etc . Thank you !
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from fincavillacreces, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Finca Villacreces
Responded 11 Jun 2019
Thank you very much for coming! We are very glad to hear that you enjoy landscape, tour and wine. It would be a pleasure to welcome you again in Finca Villacreces Sincerely,
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