Villalba, the white town, is located to the northwest of Aranda de Duero. Like many villages in the Ribera del Duero region, it originated in the X century, after the occupation of the left-hand side of the River Duero. It had its own independent life until nearby Aranda became the most important town in the diocese of Osma.
The first time in which the name of Villalba could be read was around 1244 with the expansion of the Cistercian Order through the Ribera. In said period, the González-Marañón family and the monastery of Juarros dictated various writings about riches in Villalba de Duero, which would turn the monks into powerful property owners of the village. By that time, it had already become connected to Aranda de Duero. And one hundred years later, when The Book of Behetrías was written, neither Villalba nor Aranda appeared as boroughs of Santo Domingo de Silos.
Until the end of the XVII century, Villalba was a Satellite town of Aranda. But in said century, the shabby situation of the estate determined the sale of the jurisdictions and the first to separate was Villalba.
Over time, it has become a ‘dormitory town’ of Aranda de Duero, with most of its inhabitants travelling there daily to work and use the local amenities.
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In Villalba de Duero, one can find the Anta Banderas Winery. In this winery, Antonio Banderas has been a shareholder since 2009, but the winery itself was establish in 1999, when the decision was taken to make a dream a reality and start to build a winery in the heart of the Ribera del Duero region. Its objective is to produce high quality fitting wines, from more than 230 acres suitable vineyard.
This is a charming house at the heart of nature that is available to be rented entirely. It is located amongst some endearing towns like Aranda de Duero, Peñaranda and Caleruega.