The Provincial Wine Museum is one of the most visited museums in the autonomous region of Castilla y León and its success is divided between its beauty and the cultural value of both the content and the building itself.
Construction works for Peñafiel Castle commenced in the 10th century, although the contemporary structure underwent major interventions during the 14th and 15th centuries. This medieval fortress was declared a National Monument in 1917 and currently stands as a veritable emblem of wine tourism in Ribera del Duero.
Peñafiel and its castle were key defensive locations along river Duero, both for Christians and Muslims in the 9th and 10th centuries. Sitting atop the hill, the castle controlled the valleys of rivers Duero, Duratón and Botijas, and protected the population.
The Provincial Wine Museum was located in the Peñafiel Castle in 1999 and receives a steady 100,000 visitors a year, figures that have positioned this fortress as a ‘place of pilgrimage’ for lovers of cultural and wine tourism.
A visit to the Provincial Wine Museum introduces tourists to the history and culture of wine, revealing the production techniques to obtain some of the most world-famous wines. The tasting room offers guided tastings of several Ribera del Duero Denomination of Origin wines, as well as tasting courses and professional tastings.
On some public holidays and special occasions, free buses run from the foot of the mountain up to the castle. Said buses run during the museum opening hours every half an hour, approximately. Check availability at the museum.
April 1 to September 30, from Tuesday and holidays 11:00 to 14:30 h and 16:30 to 20:30. Closed Mondays.
October 1 to March 31, from Tuesday and holidays 11:30 to 14:00 h and form 16:00 to 19:00 h. Close Mondays.
Closed 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 and 6 January.
The cultural pass includes tickets for the Provincial Wine Museum and tickets for other tourist locations at a combined and economical price.