The first evidence of its construction dates back to the beginning of the 10th century and the first news mentioning it are from the beginning of the 11th century when the Count Sancho Garcia defeated the Arabs and declared, "from now on, this will be the most faithful place in Castilla," which is where the city's name originated from (peñafiel = faithful group).
The castle is built in a boat-like shape which shape was adapted to fit the narrow hill on which it sits. The Provincial Wine Museum is currently locked in the castle.
The different rooms show the various processes used to make wine, as well as the different denominations found in Valladolid: Ribera del Duero, Cigales and Rueda.
A very unique building designed by British architect Richard Rogers, who also designed the new Terminal 4 of Barajas airport in Madrid and the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, France. You must see this if you are an architecture lover.
I present a special place that dates back to the Middle Ages and was used for bullfights in the "Run of the Bulls". The setting is medieval because it is at the foot of the Castle. The plaza is rectangular and is made up of sides with 40 houses made of stone and mud. There are 2 or 3 floors and some have stone on the ground floor. But maybe what stands out most are the balconies dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries with wood trim and on which they rest to this day called "Balcony Easements", ie to see the show in front and with the best views. There are 2 entrances to access the Plaza del Coso, down the hall you see in the picture and the main street crowned with noble houses. Don´t miss these parties because they are the very best in which I have been, people come from all Spanish geography and some abroad, very much underway and tradition. It's nice to know a little village that Spain still retaining traditions despite the criticism, that Spain is increasingly open to the world.
Peñafiel is in the cradle of the Ribera del Duero and it's full of museums, a medieval square, and an arena where jousting tournaments are performed. The Collegiate of St. Paul roast lamb, cheese and the the best wine cellars of the Ribera.
Here you can see a little bit of one of the most beautiful towns in the region of Valladolid. It is well known throughout Spain for its castle, Penafiel. It is situated in Jewry Park which is nestled within the district which has the same name. It is a typical neighborhood that was once one of the most important oplaces in the region of Castile. This area remains very beautiful and you can admire the Duratón River which passes through. From the bridge crossing it you can see the Hotel Spa Convento Las Claras (You can see it in the photos). I've never been but I hear it's a blast. I will explain a little more: The luxury hotel is a cloistered convent which has been renovated with patios and gardens where you can stroll and relax. It is cozy and quiet. It has tennis courts, a hair salon, car park, and also a wonderful spa.
Peñafiel Plaza is a little bit atypical. It's rectangular, and the homes surrounding it are two or three stories with beautiful wooden balconies. In the old plaza of Penafiel, when the holidays are upon us, if you escape the bull inside you can take the bull that walks out. In this town they celebrate the oldest known bull run in Spain. Experts have said they've been held there for at least five centuries. In this square, known as Plaza del Coso, it remains a curious tradition. Some homeowners have to hand over their balconies to the families that, since centuries ago, have had this privilege during these dates.
We are in a town of Valladolid, called Penafiel. One of the greatest things about this town is its castle. There is evidence that the castle dates dates back to the 10th Century. In the photo that I have included, you can see the room of Homage which, as its name suggests, is located within the keep. It is a very special room, and I'm sure you will like it. It contains many costumes, which at that time were in fashion. There are also two old but well preserved armor guarding the arms of Castile and Leon. Imagine these costumes on their protagonists: Alfonso X the Wise, D. Juan Manuel, Felipe V, Philip IV, Ferdinand II, the Holy One, the Prince of Viana, Doña Urraca ... Characters linked to the history of the castle and town. And inside the room up a narrow staircase, you reach the top of the tower.
The House of la Ribera is an ethnographic museum, situated in a 16th century house, which is an example of popular architecture that recreates the daily life of the inhabitants of the Ribera del Duero in the early 20th century. The visit is done together with "Mariano and Tomasa," the inhabitants of the house who show us scenes from their everyday life. Inside we visited the wine cellar, and the tavern, where they produced, cured and sold the wine, which together with the block, for keeping their cattle, constituted the entire world of man. On the contrary, the oven and anything having to do with the house was the woman's world. The tour ends with a wine and cheese tasting.
The Provincial Wine Museum Peñafiel has, since its founding, been a crucial part of eco-tours through wine country. Located in the majestic castle of Penafiel, in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, it has emerged as an iconic hallmark of the region and has spread the rich legacy of Valladolid viticulture.
We started our journey in Valladolid on Highway 122, passing through the villages of Onesimus Quintanilla, Valbuena de Duero, Pesquera, Curiel de Duero and Penafiel, this area is the essence of the wines of Ribera del Duero. It has views of the best wineries in the region. Some of the most renowned being, Vega Sicilia, Pesquera, Protos, Matarromera, Emilio Moro. It is also recommended to visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Balbuena, Penafiel Castle. Above all you can not miss trying the lamb at the Mill Palace in the town of Penafiel. It is a real gastronomic treat.
You should definitely visit Bodegas Peñafalcón if you are going through the Wine Ribera del Duero. It is at the foot of Penafiel Castle (which houses the Museum of Wine) and also has its own museum of old tools and vintage artefacts. It is a journey that will take you no more than half an hour but, during this time, you will learn how the vineyards work and realize that, in the end, not much has changed since Ribera del Duero wine was first made. You can taste it in the wine cellar and you can also buy some. By the way, there is also a large area that can be used for meals, celebrations and corporate events.
The Bodegas Pinna Fidelis is in Ribera del Duero and a visit there offers guests the opportunity to taste the wines produced in their facilities, despite the fact that they're relatively young. The winery was founded in 2001 and at Pinna Fidelis they've managed to carve a niche market among wine score lists. From Tuesday to Friday mornings and afternoons you can come to visit them, and on Saturday mornings they have two shifts available. Depending on what you're looking for during your visit the prices vary, so it's a good idea to book a reservation in advance and tell them what you want to taste at the end of the tour.
If you pass by Penafiel and continue towards Valladolid, after only a few kilometers you will find this young winery which has developed Miros and Miros de Ribera. Barely a decade old, at this winery everything revolves around wine. The tour features a visit to the facilities where they make their wines, with a wine tasting session and if you dare, you can even enjoy the local cuisine in the on-site restaurant. Visits are from Monday to Friday in the morning on Saturdays by appointment. It's best to call ahead if you plan to visit at the weekend.
If you are someone who believes that wine should not be drunk in just any glass, this place will show you something else! At Cristafiel, they have thousands of glasses and other accessories for proper wine service. In the factory, located a few meters from the store, they will show you the selection of glasses, decanters etc and how they are made. You can also order your own personalized versions.
This winery provides great information on the manufacture of their wines: Carramimbre and Altamimbre. It is located off the N-122, just a few miles from Penafiel in the direction of Valladolid. As always, it is best to let them know in advance that you are visiting, either through a phone call or sending an email to visits @ bodegaspingon. com.
If you're visiting the city, you'll soon be amazed by all the stuff to do in Peñafiel related to wine and medieval history. One of the most famous monuments and attractions in Pañafiel is its castle, declared a National Monument in June 1917. This castle has an incredible history; it houses the Provincial Wine Museum, and receives an average of 100,000 visitors per year. It's one of the places to visit in Peñafiel that has become a meeting place and pilgrimage for lovers of cultural and wine tourism. This museum is one of the most important Peñafiel attractions. In it, besides a historical tour of the local wine culture, you can taste the various wines from the Ribera del Duero and attend courses. You can arrive by car, but there are also free shuttle bus from the parking lot. There are many other things to do in Penafiel as visit the Historic Site of Pintia, the Clock Tower, the Church of the Convento de San Pablo and the Plaza del Coso, all essential things to see in Penafiel. The Plaza del Coso is a medieval square where many festivals are celebrated and it's considered one of Spain's oldest bullrings. Other Penafiel activities include enjoying the local cuisine. Try the suckling lamb roasted in a wood oven, "Flor de Esgueva" cheese, Santa Clara bizcocho, and stick donuts. For more on what to do in Peñafiel, visit Minube today!