Each year, the New York Times recommends the top 52 destinations to visit worldwide. This year, Sevilla and Ribera del Duero made the list. Both cities are rich in local culture, unique history, limitless options for tapa bars and restaurants with beautiful panoramic landscapes of several wine regions. Here you will discover the different wine regions in each city.
Let’s start with Sevilla – Sherry Wine Territory!
In the charming city of Sevilla, the exquisite capital of Southern Spain’s Andalusian region, is most famous for Jerez (Sherry), a fortified wine. There are ten types of sherry: five dry and five sweet. Fino, Manzanilla, Oloroso, Amontillado, and Palo Cortado are dry, while Pedro Ximenez, Moscatel, Pale Cream, Medium Cream, and Cream are sweet.
In Sevilla, you can visit famous landmarks like the Plaza de España, Real Alcázar, or even La Giralda, the Moorish bell tower attached to the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe. At the end of the day, enjoy tapa hopping for patatas bravas, jamón ibérico or gazpacho with your favorite glass of Sherry!
Now in Ribera del Duero – Home to Some of the Greatest Red Wines!
Most of the greatest wines are from vineyards around the Duero River. Back in the 1980s, a group of around ten winemakers near the Duero decided they had to find a way to compete in the international marketplace. They joined forces to create a single name and the Denominación de Origen (DO). Wineries would be allowed to put Ribera del Duero on their labels only if they were within certain geographic boundaries and followed strict rules, the most important one, that the wines be 75 percent Tempranillo. The denomination (DO) now includes 270 wineries!
Jada Yuan, Contributor for The New York Times, profiles Sevilla and Ribera del Duero from her recent trip to Spain.
“Traveling the world for the past seven months, I’ve often been aware of my outsider status. But in Spain, where I also visited the northern wine region of Ribera del Duero, I just felt like myself, I felt part of the culture and the people.”
When visiting Spain, why limit yourself to one restaurant a night or a single wine region? Spaniards sip a glass of wine and their favorite tapa at one place and then move on for the next.
Read more on Sevilla and Ribera del Duero HERE