If you’re into the luxury of futuristic designer hotels with a spectacular backdrop, what better than a hotel, winery and spa all rolled into one, with a view of the vineyards in what has been described as Spain’s up and coming wine region? Just 40km from the Portuguese border, lies the Denominación de Origen (appellation) of Toro in western Castilla y León. The D.O. takes its name from the city of Toro, which sits high above the banks of the Río Duero. It began in 1987 with just four wineries and now boasts more than 40. Known initially for its bold deep red wines, white ‘verdejo’ is now proving popular in trendy wine bars all over Spain.
Last September saw the opening of the region’s first wine spa hotel, the Valbusenda (Ctra. de Toro-Peleagonzalo, s/n 49800, Toro, 980 699 560 valbusenda.com). The complex is made up of a five-star hotel, a winery, a spa offering wine therapy treatments and a residential area. Guests can also join in the grape harvest, take wine tasting courses and enjoy various meals accompanied by the perfect wine to suit each dish. Doubles start from 195€ per room per night including breakfast.
Toro is known for its beautiful medieval architecture and was a centre of culture and learning in the Middle Ages. Its Collegiate Church is considered one of Spain’s finest examples of Romanesque design. Visit nearby Zamora which has a beautiful Parador and an amazing amount of Romanesque architecture including the spectacular San Salvador Cathedral.
Ryanair has cheap flights from London Stansted to Toro’s nearest airport, Vallodolid, a forty-five minute drive away.