A boutique hotel in Peñafiel to discover Ribera del Duero
Alejandro Fernández’s career in the wine industry began in 1974. His four bodegas and new hotel constitute the five aces of wine tourism.
Alejandro Fernández’s latest wine tourism project, Hotel Pesquera AF, is also located in Ribera del Duero, at the foot of the Peñafiel Castle; an icon of the city and home to the Wine Museum. Opened in 2011, this former industrial building is typical of the early 20th century, now completely refurbished with modern facilities it boasts 36 unique rooms, each one special in its own way: double rooms, suites, exclusive rooms and lofts.
The hotel’s restaurant, Luna Llena, delights guests with its fusion cuisine and traditional fare in a select ambience boasting the very best local produce and wines; the ideal setting for lovers of good food to relish and enjoy. Its La Perla Tavern serves haute cuisine together with the very best in wines. The ‘Enoteca’ invites guests to experience a journey through the world of wine under the wing of those who have mastered its ancestral flavours. And the hotel’s library is the perfect place to relax in a romantic and soothing atmosphere.
Alejandro’s Cellar is especially designed to preserve its treasures from the clutches of time and brings together Alejandro Fernández’s accumulated experience. The know-how of the creator of Bodegas Tinto Pesquera is condensed in a series of unique collectors’ bottles of the best vintage wine from recent years. And last but not least, as this is a place whose surroundings invite you to lose yourself and enjoy to the full, as might be expected, there is a space dedicated to wellbeing: Fitness and Spa Al Agua, a space in which to completely indulge and immerse yourself behind the huge glass windows that fill the whole place with natural daylight.
Alejandro has built his boutique hotel at a distance of only 180 kilometres from Madrid to offer guests an unforgettable experience in exclusive surroundings. Your stay is guaranteed to delight you with a journey full of surprises and sensations in a true monument to the pleasure of the senses with its characteristic eclectic décor, which is a tribute to art, fantasy and, above all, good taste. At Hotel Pesquera in Peñafiel, emotion has a master: you.
Alejandro Fernández puts his heart and soul behind everything he does. His passion for the Tempranillo grape variety has been a role model of winemaking savoir faire since 1974, the year in which he founded his first bodega, Tinto Pesquera. Here, guests can discover the old 16th century stone-build bodega, which is still preserved intact, and delve deeper into the intricacies of winemaking via an audiovisual presentation and a tour of the bodega.
The Condado de Haza bodega, located in Roa, is particularly outstanding due to its subterranean construction. Its cavernous location means that the ageing room, where wine racks and 3,000 oak barrels silently slumber in a 200 metre-long underground cellar at almost 30 metres below the vineyard, maintains constant natural temperature and humidity conditions that are ideal for preserving these exceptional wines; the result of the knowledge and experience of their creator.
The Dehesa La Granja bodega in Zamora stretches over 800 hectares of varied terrain on the banks of the River Guareña. Regarded as one of the most picturesque estates in the wine sector its labyrinth of subterranean tunnels, that date from 1767 and run for more than 3,000 m², is definitely worth visiting.
The Fernández-Rivera family’s fourth wine estate is located close to the Campo de Criptana windmills in the heart of La Mancha. A traditional La Marcha building houses the modern bodega, designed to make limited-production fine wines. The name chosen for the bodega – El Vínculo – is a homage to the original parent bodega built on the banks of the Duero.
The family has reaped numerous awards throughout its 40-year winemaking history thanks to its four bodegas: Tinto Pesquera, Condado de Haza, Dehesa La Granja and El Vínculo. An achievement that is, without doubt, a dream come true for Alejandro Fernández, a self-made, modest and hard-working man, whose maxim was always to own his own bodega and make great wines. Today, it could be said that reality has surpassed the dream and that his wines are now recognised as some of the finest Spanish and international wines in the world.