Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine has been awarded its first Michelin Star for its Refectorio restaurant, where Chef Pablo Montero creates culinary masterpieces. It took less than three years for the exclusive abbey hotel and winery dating from 1146 in Spain’s Duero wine region, which opened in March 2012, to achieve the gastronomic recognition.
Chef Montero, who has trained in some of the finest international restaurants, puts innovative, contemporary twists on traditional dishes using the wealth of high-quality local ingredients. And the dishes are impeccably paired with wines produced on Abadía Retuerta’s 1,730-acre estate, home to some of the region’s finest wines.
“We are proud of how quickly we have received our first Michelin Star,” said Andrés Araya, Managing Director of LeDomaine. “This achievement was always in our plans as we have positioned our hotel as an international culinary epicenter.”
Nearly 1,000 years ago, monks shared their meager repasts in the same Refectorio where today food and wine lovers enjoy unique and unforgettable experiences that blend history and gastronomy. Guests also enjoy tapas and small plates at the Vinoteca wine cellar and in summer the Jardin del Claustro garden restaurant. The historic, 22-room property underwent a complete restoration that sensitively and imaginatively brought it into the 21st century – and earned it a Europa Nostra Award from the European Union for conserving cultural heritage. The hotel is currently converting the original stables into eight new guest rooms and a Spa, which will be completed in 2015.