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Mythology

In ancient times, men sought answers to the facts of nature that seemed inexplicable to them, through stories in which gods, heroes and fantastic beings were protagonists. These stories passed from parent to child orally and governed their behaviors, their lives, and their destinies. We call these legends MYTHS.

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The legend

King Minos, powerful monarch of Crete, son of the god Zeus and of Europe, is punished by Poseidon, the god of the sea, for his pride and his greed, with the birth of the Minotaur, a creature born from the relationship between his wife and a White bull. This is how the Minotaur was born, a fantastic and horrible being, cruel and bloody, with the body of a man and the head of a bull.

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The rooms

In front of the figurative scene of the Cretan labyrinth, the visitor can unroll the ball that Ariadna gave to Theseus to end the Minotaur.
Following the beautiful legend, passing the thread through the corners where each wine sleeps and relating them to the culture in that have been created, until reaching the jewel in the winery's crown: the Yllera Dominus.

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In front of the figurative scene of the Cretan labyrinth, the visitor can unroll the ball that Ariadna gave to Theseus to end the Minotaur.
Following the beautiful legend, passing the thread through the corners where each wine sleeps and relating them to the culture in that have been created, until reaching the jewel in the winery's crown: the Yllera Dominus.

The start of the tour

Wine cellar el Hilo de Ariadna

The Yllera Group, with the recovery of this space, pays tribute to the unique and admirable cultural heritage of the town of Rueda in its traditional underground cellars. Likewise, it recreates the birth of Europe in Crete and, with it, the first winery on the continent in the labyrinthine palace of King Minos. It is the starting point for a journey through a maze full of stories to be heard, and wines that are waiting to be tasted by its visitors.

I. CRETE
TEACHING

We can affirm that the origin of European culture is Crete. Crete marks the beginning of the arts and techniques, philosophy, theater, mathematics, poetry, history, politics, oratory... The importance of this island begins in the dissemination of its knowledge throughout Europe. And although the origin of the wine is located in the East, it is thanks to the Minoan culture (derived from King Minos, King of Crete) that the cultivation of the vine, its knowledge and the consumption of the precious broth spread through the Mediterranean Sea.

II. THE MEDITERRANEAN
SPARKLING WINES

The vines, together with the olive groves and the wheat fields, cross the Mediterranean Sea, from where the sun rises in Greece to its sunset in Iberia. The bubbly and wavy character of our progenitor sea suggests that we present sparkling wines as the start of the maze and a joyous welcome.

III. THE DONCELLAS
WHITE WINES

Cruel tribute paid by Athens to Crete, seven young men and seven maidens were introduced into the labyrinth where the Minotaur devoured them.
The purity, youth, beauty, sharpness and fragility of these maidens symbolize white wine, represented by the Verdejo variety, a prodigious grape that makes Rueda its capital.

IV. ICARUS
PINK WINES

Son of Daedalus, the Athenian builder of the labyrinth. Icarus is a young rebel, imprudent and reckless, wanting to fly high but with an early death.
It symbolizes rosé wines, young and fresh wines, difficult to classify, but with a short life due to its rapid oxidation.

V. ARIADNA
ARIADNA WINES

Towards the middle of the labyrinth are the wines of the Ariadne thread.

VI. DAEDALUS
AGING IN BARREL

The figure of Daedalus, builder of the labyrinth, as the viticulturist and the enologist who elaborates his wines putting all his effort and enterprising work, represents the aging in barrel, stage in the life of a wine where it is transforming, unrolling complex aromas that they will add complexity, robustness and longevity. Wine is a structure that must be created and raised. Daedalus, imaginative, artist, architect and inventor, is shown to us as an ideal example of "Signature Wine".

VII. THESEUS
AGING IN A BOTTLE

Theseus, the intrepid Athenian hero who killed the Minotaur in the labyrinth, from where he was able to escape thanks to the ball of thread Ariadna had given him, represents bottle aging, a stage that gives wines elegance, softness and sophistication.
The hero risks and secures the job as a winemaker would. The wine, in the bottle, is refined and acquires nobility, like Prince Theseus.

VIII. THE MINOTAUR
RESERVE WINES

From the loves of Pasifae, wife of King Minos and a white bull, the Minotaur was born, a mythological creature par excellence, with the body of a man and the head of a bull and represented in murals and mosaics of the Minoan culture with remarkable fierceness. It represents the reserves, exceptional, powerful, complex wines that are not made every year since the conditions of nature (earth, sun, rain, wind...) and the performance of human hands must be exceptional so that they can be elaborated.

IX. NAXOS
GREAT RESERVE WINES

Ariadne, abandoned by Theseus, was sleeping on a beach on the island of Naxos, in the Aegean Sea, when she was discovered by Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and her husband. This beautiful passage symbolizes the great reserves, wines that, like Ariadna, sleep in the bottle to transform over time into unique and divine wines...

X. DIONYSOS
YLLERA DOMINUS

In the last room we collect the divine spirit of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, and transform it into the best and most emblematic wine of the Yllera Group:
The Yllera Dominus : the most exclusive, elegant and prestigious wine of the Yllera Group, something unique, full, divine...

Reservations

Monday closed for rest
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Standard tour
  • Get to know the vineyard
  • Tasting of two of our wines with a tapa of local products
  • Tour the underground winery El Hilo de Ariadna
  • Online course of tasting initiation
  • *Approximate duration 2 hours. 15€ per person.

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    Premium tour
  • Get to know the vineyard
  • Tasting of four of our wines with a tapa of local products
  • Tour the underground winery El Hilo de Ariadna
  • Online course of tasting initiation
  • *Approximate duration 2 hours 15 minutes. 20€ per person.
    *Adults only.

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    Customized tour
  • Private and personalized tours meeting the particular demands and wishes of our customers
  • Selected wines
  • Tour the underground winery El Hilo de Ariadna
  • *They will be individually quoted upon request

    Information

    Customized tours

    In addition to our standard and premium tours, we offer private and personalized tours to our facilities, meeting the particular demands and wishes of each client.

    These tours would visit El Hilo de Ariadna, a genuine part of our project that cannot be visited anywhere else, and they would taste the previously selected wines depending on the visitors' taste, a tasting of only white wines, premium wines, rarities and follies (wines with very limited production that change every year and that come from the daily work of our R+D+i department), etc.

    These tours will be individually quoted upon request.

    Wine tour gifts

    The best gift

    Give a wine tourism experience to whoever you love most.

    It includes a tour to the Hilo de Ariadna labyrinth, a wine tasting and an online wine tasting initiation course.

    The coupon can be used for 6 months to reserve in the Reservations section.

    1. You must select the number of people
    2. You must select the type of tour
    3. Pay
    4. You will receive the gift voucher in your email. Optionally, you can send the voucher directly to whoever you want to give it to
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    Restaurant

    The dining rooms

    OUR DINING ROOMS

    The environment

    The Rueda Wine Route is located in the heart of Castilla, circumscribed to the Rueda Designation of Origin, extending along the length and width of the left bank of the Duero river.

    "In the town of Rueda (Valladolid), the cradle of Castilian white wine, the Verdejo, the unique and labyrinthine underground cellars of the Yllera Group stand out. In this winery, wine, art, mythology, history and culture come together to make way for a visit of sensations and senses. Inside an impressive cave, 20 meters deep and for just over a kilometer, its wines rest in several rooms that make up an intricate labyrinth."

    DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?

    The province of Valladolid has many places of interest where tourists will find the perfect combination of culture and gastronomy.

    The wineries of the Yllera Group are located in the town of Rueda, a wine-growing area with Designation of Origin and located in a strategic point for inland tourist trips:

    • One hour far from Salamanca, Ávila and Segovia, world heritage cities.
    • Half an hour far from Valladolid, capital of Castilla y León, where you can find a complete cultural and leisure offer.
    • Place of passage between Madrid and the north of Spain. Ctra. Madrid-Coruña.
    • Excellent road connection.
    • Rail connections.
    • Proximity to the international airport.

    “El Hilo de Ariadna has been a beneficiary of the European Regional Development Fund whose objective is to improve the use and quality of information and communication technologies and access to them and thanks to which it has created this website for the improvement of competitiveness and productivity of the company. June 2020. For this it has had the support of the Tourist Competitiveness Program of the Valladolid Chamber of Commerce and the Valladolid Provincial Council. A way to make Europe. "

    If you need more information, you can find it at:

    Contact

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    • Visitas: +34 616 56 11 95 | Restaurante: 983 662 040
    • ariadna@grupoyllera.com
    • Mariano Ruiz Rodríguez av
      47490, Rueda
      Valladolid
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    • +34 983 86 80 97
    • grupoyllera@grupoyllera.com
    • Madrid-Coruña Road
      Autovía del Noroeste Km 173.5
      47490, Rueda. Valladolid

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    How to get

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    Where are we? The tours begin in the winemaking cellar*

    Yllera Wineries
    Winemaking cellar
    Madrid-Coruña Road, Autovía del Noroeste Km. 173,5
    47490, Valladolid
    El hilo de Ariadna
    Yllera Wineries and Vineyards
    Mariano Ruiz Rodríguez av, 1
    47490, Rueda, Valladolid