Since its humble beginnings in 1927, Bodegas Protos has been a benchmark in the world of wine, not only for the exceptional quality of its wines but also for its innovative approach to wine tourism. With a clear mission to remain faithful to its motto “Being First”, Protos demonstrates an attitude of continuous improvement and a dedication to crafting not only the best wine but also to offering top-tier wine tourism experiences.
At the FINE #WineTourism Marketplace, visitors will have the opportunity to delve deeper into Protos’ wine tourism proposal, as rich and varied as its wines.
A story of innovation and quality
The history of Protos is one of vision and daring. Founded by a group of visionary men who listened to the land and understood its needs, Protos has become an example of success and constant evolution. From winning the gold medal at the 1929 Barcelona Universal Exposition for its first wines, to the ongoing expansion and modernisation of its facilities, Protos has always stayed at the forefront.
In 1982, Protos played a crucial role in the creation of the Ribera del Duero Denomination of Origin, authorizing the use of its brand for the emerging Regulatory Council. This historic contribution to the Spanish wine sector highlights its commitment to excellence and the promotion of the region.
What will visitors find at Protos?
At the heart of Protos’ wine tourism experience is an invitation to immerse oneself in a sensory and cultural journey that encompasses both the history and innovation of winemaking.
The visit begins with a tour of the Underground Aging Cellar, where the aromas of aging wine intertwine with the history etched into the cellar walls. It continues in the modern winery designed by the prestigious Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners studio, in collaboration with Alonso Balaguer and Associated Architects.
Here, visitors can appreciate the fusion of avant-garde architecture with wine tradition, a reflection of Protos’ spirit of combining innovation and heritage.
The experience is enriched by a tasting of a selection of Protos wines, carefully chosen to represent the essence and variety of the winery. Accompanying the tasting, an appetizer is offered that enhances the flavors and aromas of the wines, creating a perfect pairing that delights the palate.
Ágora, the new commitment to gastronomy
The Ágora of Protos, located in the iconic first winery of Peñafiel, is another key point of the wine tourism proposal.
Here, in a space that combines a wine shop and wine bar with a restaurant, visitors can enjoy a selection of thematic menus that pair exceptionally with Protos’ wines. These menus, created in collaboration with Casa Florencio, reflect Protos’ philosophy of combining top-quality ingredients with emotions, offering a gastronomic experience that goes beyond taste.
Each menu at the Ágora of Protos is a culinary work of art, designed to complement and enhance the wines of the winery.
From traditional starters from the Ribera to main courses made with the finest local products, every element of the menu has been carefully selected to offer an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Desserts, such as cream puff pastry with hot chocolate, put the finishing touch on the experience, pairing perfectly with the selected wines.