Blake - I’ll send you a PM.
If you’re at Bodegas Pedrosa, you’re near Roa. My first choice would be about 20 miles east of there in Burgos. There was some English MW who a few years ago said that Spain doesn’t have distinctive terroir like France, which is of course an utterly ignorant comment. In the RdD region, Burgos is towards the north and Valladolid is towards the west, and if you taste the wines from each reason, you’ll note that those from Burgos tend to be bigger and more tannic, as compared to say, Valladolid, somewhat like the difference between the right and left banks of Bordeaux. That’s obviously a simplification, but it’s what I’ve noticed.
In order, if you’re only there a day, my choices would be J.A. Calvo Casajus, Abadía de Acón, Mauro, and maybe Conde Neo, just because Neo is so different. They are rock and roll guys with a music studio at the bodega. Mauro was of course a project of the great Mariano Garcia, who is one of the world’s great wine makers. It’s just outside of the region towards Valladolid, but the others are clustered together.
If you all haven’t been to the region before, go visit Protos. They are actually the history of the region. In the early 1900s, a few growers got together to form what was called the Ribera del Duero winery. Many years later when the designation of origin was created, they gave their name to the DO. They have a massive underground cellar and a visit with them will give you a lot of the local history. It’s like visiting Napa for the first time - you should visit Mondavi and BV before you visit all the new guys.
There are something like 300 bodegas these days in RdD. Not all accept tourists but some of the newer ones do.
And there’s a store called Vinosribera.com that you might want to check out. They sell lots of wines from RdD and they ship, but they may only ship within Europe – I’m not sure.
I sent you a list that you can visit starting at one end and ending up at the other - they’re all pretty close so not a difficult trip.
In addition to those, obviously, Pesquera is worth a visit as it’s probably the winery that kicked off RdD as a DO, Vega Sicilia having been around for a lot longer. Alejandro Fernández decided that he was going to make great wine, which he considers the equal to Latour, but he wasn’t going to charge Latour prices. He still doesn’t. Had some real cork problems in the 1990s but he’s back. Also his Condado de Haza is worth a visit.
Bodegas Hermanos Pérez Pascuas is also one of the four founding members of the DO back in the 1980s and they have one of the oldest cellars. Another bodega that used to sell grapes and decided to strike out on their own.
And the city of Valladolid is quite historic. It’s where Ferdinand and Isabella were married.
Anyway, PM sent.