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Don Carlos Bodega Historica

332 Reviews

Don Carlos Bodega Historica

332 Reviews
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Wine Day Guided Tour to Ribera del Duero from Madrid

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The Ribera del Duero is one of Spain’s finest wine-growing regions. On this convenient day tour from Madrid you can enjoy both wine tasting and exploring the beautiful area. Stop at three wineries, ranging from medieval to modern in style. Learn all about grape growing and harvesting, and the way wine is produced in the area. Tastings and snacks are also included.
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dmax808 wrote a review Oct 2019
Tajiri-cho, Japan27 contributions6 helpful votes
This review is for the wine retail, NOT the cellar tour. We did go to the cellar tour and upon leaving asked about retail sales. They took me to a cellar behind a hidden door with a thumbprint reader to get in which was very cool. There were certainly some amazing wines in there and we wanted to have a few special bottles shipped home. We went with their recommendations but since we were on a tour of Ribera we had little time to research the recommended wines. My wife just said get it and let’s go. Something I will never do in the again. It turned out we were either overcharged or their prices are just outrageous. They charged me $390 for a 2012 Vina Sastre Pesus. Turns out I could get this for under $300 elsewhere in Spain and even in the U.S. Worse they charged me $280 for a 2011 Aalto Ps which avg mkt price is not even half. Luckily I swapped that one out for something with a fairer price. The other wines were also about 35% over avg market prices but thank goodness they weren’t nearly as expensive bottles. Just as bad as their pricing was their communication. Upon purchase they said they would send an email confirmation of the purchase with shipping details. A week went by without any confirmation so I send an email to their general mailbox to request an update as well as a call courtesy of our hotel’s conceirge and still no response for 2 more days. I was just about to attempt to cancel the order when they responded and since it was such a hassle already I just kept the order in place. With spending so much on high end wine, you would think their customer service would be on point and if they had reasonable prices, I’m sure they would have long term customers. Not sure how they remain in business but I will certainly not purchase from here again. For anyone looking for wine in Spain, definitely check out Vila Viniteca for not only a great selection, but great customer service and great prices.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Response from DCarlosAranda, General Manager at Don Carlos Bodega Historica
Responded 08 Nov 2019
Hello Ryan, we are so sorry about your bad feelings. I want to apologice for the late answer as that week was local festivities and we were closed,as we said to you. We want to thank you for your purchase, we try to make the best not only with the good and expensive purchases but all of them. About the prices, we are not compiting to be the cheapest in every wine. Some of the wines we are cheaper than others, i.e, Vega Sicilia wines, which you also bought, our prices are more competitives that some other webs. But definetely you cannot find the wines that we offer in these wine tasting options in other shop or business, so we try to make special services for special small productions, just special experiences. Even you came to our facilities you didn’t book for the service that you are reviewing, which are private and more complete than the service you had. We have been working more than 20 years, not only selling wines, but also and more important, preserving in perfect conditions old vintages, and creating a personal selection of wines from this region. we hope you enjoy the wines as we are sure the quality will be 100% perfect.
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RrBbRr wrote a review Aug 2019
Hooksett, New Hampshire590 contributions164 helpful votes
This was a really unique wine tasting under the street in Aranda de Duero. It was very interesting to hear the history of the place and then drink the wine. I did not care for the red wines, but the Cava and the white wine were delicious. They also give you a little snack to teach you about pairing food and wine. It was a great experience overall.
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Date of experience: August 2019
1 Helpful vote
LYNN A wrote a review Jul 2019
Nerja, Spain252 contributions124 helpful votes
Before coming to Aranda de Duero I had no idea that there were 8km of subterranean passageways and bodegas below the city, and just stumbling down uneven stairs to the constant 15º of the bodegas, makes you aware of the onerous and demanding work that went on before the invention of modern methods. The guide gave us a very thorough picture of how the wines were processed since the 14thC and dealt with the subject in a knowlegeable but easily assimilated way. However, the first staircase proved one staircase too many for my husband, so we had to leave before we undertook the second stairway to the wine tasting . Pity !
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Date of experience: July 2019
Mary H wrote a review May 2019
Boston, Massachusetts18 contributions7 helpful votes
The only problem we had was finding this place! It's a small storefront located on a corner of streets that don't allow cars. Not at all what we expected. Advice: Park in the parking garage and wander through the streets on foot. Once we got there, Christina, our guide, made it a point to ask what we wanted to learn, -- history, culture, local color, or wine. And when we said that all of that interested us, she tailored the tour accordingly. The caves are ancient, hand dug, and were shared by families who used them to make and store wine. There are miles of them, and the story of their creation is fascinating.. Although no longer used for that purpose, they make a great backdrop for wine tasting. Based on our preference for big reds, Christina selected 5 great wines from small production wineries, arranged them by order of intensity, and told us about the wines, the winemakers or families that make them, how the labels were established, and other interesting lore. We had a great time comparing and deciding what was unique about each. Definitely recommend this place. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide made it a special event.
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Date of experience: May 2019
4 Helpful votes
Boating0804 wrote a review Dec 2018
San Juan, Puerto Rico243 contributions95 helpful votes
We visited this winery last Saturday and was better than what we expected. The historic tour that they gave us was extremely good. The wine tasting and their explanation was excellent. Would recommend this “bodega” to anyone.
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Date of experience: December 2018