Mythology and Wine

RUEDA – VALLADOLID

At km 173.5 on the A-6 (Madrid – A Coruna) highway, with access to the winery from exits 172 and 175.

Visit the two wineries of the Yllera family in the D.O. Rueda.

You begin your visit in the commercial winery, where they will explain how they make all their wines from the Verdejo of Rueda to the reds, rosés and the well-known sparkling wines. Next, you will enjoy two of the most representative wines of the label: the Yllera Verdejo and the Yllera Crianza, accompanied by a platter of cheese and chorizo (Spanish sausage).

After this first tour, you will move on to the EL HILO DE ARIADNA winery: an experience that brings together wine, art, history and mythology through an intricate maze of ancient Moorish cellars, located 12 metres underground, and restored by the Yllera family. Following “El Hilo de Ariadna” (“Ariadne’s Thread”) through 10 rooms, you will hear how each wine label relates to an episode or character in the myth of the Minotaur, in a parallel between the famous labyrinth of Crete and this one, under the ground of Rueda.

DURATION

2 hours.

PRICE PER PERSON

ADULTS: € 10

CHILDREN (under 17): € 5

DID YOU KNOW?

  • With a great wine-growing tradition, the town of Rueda has many underground cellars that have been lost, as victims of neglect or collapse. The YLLERA GROUP has restored many of these cellars, linking them up in an authentic labyrinth.

PLEASE NOTE

Hours

Monday to Sunday: 12.00 noon.

For groups, also at 4.30pm.

Minimum group size

2 people.

Maximum group size

60 people.

Languages

English, preferably at the weekend.

Advance Notice

48 hours.

Accesibilility

In the commercial winery there are parts of the tour with stairs. There is a ramp for access to the winery itself.

In the ‘Ariadne’s Thread’ cellar there is a lift for wheelchairs or pushchairs to access the tour.

Visitor Parking

There is plenty of parking space at the two wineries.

Advice

Warm clothing is recommended; the temperature is 10º C.

Accompanied children may take part in the visit.

Suggestions

In the underground dining room you can enjoy a typical “cellar lunch”.

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