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The Best Bodegas in Madrid

You might be wondering, what is a bodega? Well, Bodega is just the Spanish word for wine shop/bar, and there are plenty in the capital of Spain. Madrid is a vibrant city that I’ve visited many times. It is not only renowned for its rich history and cultural heritage but also for its thriving wine scene. Madrid is about 2 hours away from some of the country’s best wine regions like the Duero Valley, Rioja, Castilla La Mancha, and many more. Its central location in the middle of the country allows for a wide variety of wines to be showcased throughout Madrid’s charming streets. During my visits, I’ve had the opportunity to visit many and have created a list of the best bodegas in Madrid, Spain. Next time you visit, be sure to stop by a few of these. 

1. Taberna Tempranillo: A Cozy Place for Wine Aficionados

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Centrally located in the heart of Madrid, Taberna Tempranillo is a charming bodega that captures the essence of Spanish wine culture. It’s an old building that has a homey feel when you walk in but still has an elegant wine selection. Wine bottles are stacked to the ceiling, giant pig legs hang from the wall, and they have quite an extensive selection of wines. Their staff is knowledgeable and will guide you through the diverse varietals, including their iconic Tempranillo selection. They know how to have a good time, but some Spanish is necessary if you want to fully understand their perspective on these wonderful wines. They also have flight tastings and an amazing food menu.  P.S. Try the duck or the buttery shrimp! 

2. La Venencia: Timeless Sherry Delights

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For those seeking a touch of history with their wine, La Venencia is a must-visit. This iconic bodega, with its rustic decor and traditional sherry barrels, transports visitors to a bygone era. However, if you’re looking for a photo op, this place is not it. They have a strict no-photo policy, that I actually found refreshing. Every person was there in the moment, and not living somewhere else on their phones. We came here for an after-dinner sherry and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It’s a celebration of the cherished Spanish tradition of enjoying a copa de Jerez.

3. Bodegas Rosell: A Culinary Adventure

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If your passion for wine extends to the culinary realm, Bodegas Rosell is the place to be. This bodega seamlessly combines exquisite wines with delectable Spanish cuisine. It has been around since 1920 and showcases Valdepenas wine from Castilla La Mancha as well as wines from the most unknown regions in Spain. If you’re looking to find something interesting or new, you have to visit this place. They have a mix of new and classic dishes but our favorites were the cod croquettes, cabrales ham, and a plate with 7 different types of cheese! 

4. Lavinia: A Modern Oasis for Wine Exploration

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For the contemporary wine enthusiast, Lavinia offers a modern twist to the traditional bodega experience. Boasting an impressive selection of both Spanish and international wines, this sleek establishment caters to diverse palates. Interactive tastings and educational events make Lavinia the perfect spot to expand your wine knowledge while enjoying the latest trends in the world of viticulture. It’s more of a bottle shop than a wine bar, but their tasting area is great and you can learn a lot about Spanish wines here. 

5. Bodega Matador: Flamenco Nights and Intimate Tastings

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If you’re looking for the best bodegas in Madrid, this is one of my tops. For a truly immersive experience, Bodega Matador offers more than just exceptional wine. This bodega hosts intimate tastings paired with live flamenco performances, creating an unforgettable sensory journey. Sip on local favorites while being serenaded by the soul-stirring sounds of flamenco, turning your evening into a celebration of Spanish culture and the art of winemaking.

Madrid’s bodegas are a testament to the city’s passion for wine, where every sip tells a story of Spanish culture and craftsmanship. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or a newcomer to the world of wine, these bodegas offer an inviting space to explore, learn, and celebrate the beauty of wine. So, raise your glass and toast to the enchanting bodegas of Madrid, where the journey through vineyards and varietals is an art form in itself. 

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