How to visit Peñafiel Castle and its Wine Museum in Valladolid

Peñafiel Castle from the Plaza del Coso in the province of Valladolid

I have already commented on some other article than before my firsttravel through the province of Valladolid I didn't know anything about most of the places I visited.

Of course, with one caveat, the Peñafiel Castle.

The image of the great castle that stands behind the foreground of a square with houses that are an example of rural architecture, if I had it in mind, although seeing it live is much prettier than I remembered.

Overview of Peñafiel from the castle

This is the most characteristic image of this town of the Ribera del Duero, and also a Valladolid province icon.

I mean the peculiar figure of the elongated Peñafiel Castle view from theCoso Square, in which already in the fifteenth century bullfights were celebrated.

In view of this picture, it is easy to imagine this fortification as a great ship sailing on the Castilian plateau.

Peñafiel Castle History

Its origins date back to the 10th century, since in the year 943 there is evidence of the existence of a fortress on the rocky hill that rises next to the current town of Peñafiel.

Peñafiel Castle from the Plaza del Coso in the province of Valladolid

It happened there Almanzor, but the fortress was reconquered to the Muslims by the Castilian count Sancho Garcia.

The peculiar elongated shape of the castle that we see today is due to the reforms that were carried out in the fifteenth century by order of Don Pedro Téllez Girón.

What to see when visiting Peñafiel Castle

With 210 meters in length and 35 meters in width, the castle is situated at a height of about 200 meters above the Castilian plain.

From its walls you can see the Douro and Duraton valleys, so it is easy to understand that in its time it was a strategic strength.

When now you go to visit the castle of Peñafiel, your walk through the fortress will focus on climbing to the tower of tribute, which is more or less in the center of this long ship.

Peñafiel Castle in the province of Valladolid

From the top of the tower you will have panoramic views of this area of ​​the Ribera del Duero and, in the foreground, the Peñafiel town, from which above all you will distinguish the mentioned Coso Square and the Church and Convent of San Pablo.

And, of course, you will see how the castle wall adopts a shape similar to the keel of a large ship, creating a curious perspective.

Wine Museum in Peñafiel Castle

He Peñafiel Castle since 1999 the Peñafiel Wine Museum, which was completely renovated in 2015.

Undoubtedly, taking advantage of the attractiveness that this great castle raises, it receives an average of one hundred thousand visits a year since it has become a focus for lovers of wine tourism.

Wine Museum in Peñafiel Castle in Valladolid

His exhibition today transcends a mere vision of local wines, and becomes a museum that analyzes wine from a global perspective.

In a land where wine is the main protagonist, in fullRibera del Duero, this museum is the main attraction that you can see on your visit to the castle, beyond looking at the viewpoints of its walls and climbing to the aforementionedTower of tribute.

During the museum visit you will find several thematic areas whose focus is not limited to the various Valladolid designations of origin, the aforementionedRibera del DueroCigalesBullWheel and the most recent,Land of lion.

The objective of the exhibition is to show the winemaking process, from the vines, with the very different types of grapes, through the production process, conservation in the bottle and cellar and, finally, the tasting with its different steps, from visual analysis up to that of its aromas.

In the museum you will find several automaton figures that present various trades linked to the world of wine, such as the cooper or the glassmaker.

Wine Museum in Peñafiel Castle in Valladolid

To highlight the possibility of transferring information from the different areas of the museum to your mobile through a QR code.

You also have the possibility of joining the commented tastings that are organized for visitors, where you can discover the characteristics of those mentioned designations of origin which are made in said Castilian province.

You will also know what the native grapes from that area, Prieto Picudo, Tinta de Toro Y Verdejo.

In sum, in one route by car through the province of Valladolid you have an appointment with him Peñafiel Castle, with a combination of cultural tourism and wine tourism.

Wine Museum in Peñafiel Castle in Valladolid

Peñafiel Castle and Wine Museum opening hours

The visiting hours of the castle and the Peñafiel Wine Museum They are, from April to September, from Tuesday to Sunday and holidays, from 10.30 to 14 hours and from 16 to 20 hours.

In the rest of the year, from 10.30 to 14 hours and from 16 to 18 hours.

On Mondays the castle and the museum are closed for visits.

Peñafiel Castle and Wine Museum ticket prices

The ticket prices they are, for guided tours of the castle, 3.30 euros; free entry to the wine museum, 6.60 euros; the commented tasting (without visiting the castle), 9.20 euros.

The admission is free For children under 12 years.

How to get to Peñafiel Castle

Peñafiel It is located 50 minutes east of the city of Valladolid and two hours north of Madrid.