Wine tourism in Castilla y León. Where to start.

If you have arrived here, it is because you are passionate, as we are, about wine and also wine tourism, which is an all-in when it comes to enjoying this sector that is gaining more and more ground. The RAE, defines enotourism as“tourism in wine growing and production areas, with visits to vineyards and wineries, and wine tasting.

In Spain we are privileged to have 96 Protected Designations of Origin, divided between D.O., Vinos de Pago, 2 Qualified D.O. and Quality Wines.

The D.O.’s correspond to territorial zones, guarantee and control the quality and origin of their products, thus being a seal of guarantee for the wines produced within those limits.

In Castilla y León we are privileged in this sector (and many others) since we are one of the autonomous communities with more Wine Routes in Spain. We have 9 wine-growing territories where you can lose yourself among wines and vineyards. Ribera del Duero, Cigales, Rueda, Toro, Bierzo, Arlanza, Arribes del Duero, Tierra del Vino de Zamora and Sierra de Francia head the tourist offer of our community. Impossible to forget those who, under the umbrella of other quality denominations, offer unforgettable experiences.

The perfect ingredients for us to become a national and international reference in this wine tourism.

  • Ribera del Duero Wine Route.
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The Ribera del Duero extends 115 kilometers from east to west and 35 kilometers from north to south in Castilla y León, touching the provinces of Soria, Burgos, Segovia and Valladolid, thus forming the great tourist project of the Ribera del Duero Wine Route.

An extraordinary land, full of vineyards and fields, bathed by the Douro River, where wine and gastronomy combine with art, history and nature.

There are many resources that you can find in Ribera del Duero, but we leave you a small selection:

  • Peñafiel Provincial Wine Museum. Its boat shape will not leave you indifferent.
  • Monastery of Santa María de Valbuena. Converted into a wonderful 5* hotel.
  • Castle of Peñaranda. Burgos fortress from the 11th century.
  • Hoces del Riaza Natural Park. Bird watching site.
  • 8 historical sites: Gumiel de Izán, Haza, Langa de Duero, Peñafiel, Peñaranda de Duero, Rejas de San Esteban, San Esteban de Gormaz and Vadocondes.

Castilla y León combines history and wine, and this Route is a great example of this winning combination.

  • Cigales Wine Route.
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Located in the Bajo Pisuerga and in the center of Castilla y León, it is 4 km from Valladolid and 12 km from Palencia. This wine has been linked to the canal since its construction in the 18th century, and today, many of the vineyards are irrigated by its waters, which is why it is considered “canal wine“.

When you travel through its landscapes bathed in pink, be sure to visit:

  • The Wine Castles. The Museum of the Castle of Fuensaldaña and the Enchanted Castle of Trigueros del Valle are not to be missed.
  • The monasteries of Santa María de Palazuelos and San Isidro de Dueñas.
  • The “cathedral of wine” in Cigales or the Historical Complex of Dueñas are also two very important attractions in the area due to the history they hold, linked to the Catholic Monarchs, Philip II or Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • Manuel Sierra’s murals next to the Wine Museum of Mucientes.
  • One of the 1,200 traditional subway cellars that exist.
  • The banks of the Pisuerga, especially the Cortados or the stone bridge of Cabezón de Pisuerga.

The Cigales Wine Route is an attractive destination for quality wine tourism, with its wineries, museums, cultural heritage, gastronomy, landscapes and incredible routes for leisure and sports.

  • Rueda Wine Route.
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Rueda is the land of the most consumed white wine in Spain, with more than 130 million bottles on the market. This DO was also the first Designation of Origin in Castilla y León to achieve this recognition. And it is in the heart of Castile, where the Duero River flows through cereal fields and green vineyards, where the Rueda Wine Route is located, a journey full of authenticity and sensations.

When you decide to do this route, remember to visit:

  • The majestic castle of La Mota in Medina del Campo.
  • The ancient cellars of labyrinthine, intact tunnels from the Middle Ages that are located in the 46 monuments declared of Cultural Interest.
  • The towns of Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Rueda or Tordesillas, declared Historic-Artistic Ensemble.

A noble land, with abundant and rich gastronomy, where the passion for viticulture, tradition and the most revolutionary technology come together to offer visitors a unique experience around its native variety, the Verdejo.

  • Wine Route through Toro.
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The Toro Wine Route was created with the aim of offering exciting experiences. It is the perfect alternative for a weekend of inland tourism, in an area full of history, heritage, culture and gastronomy, with an enormous quality wine tradition. A tradition that predates the settlement of the Romans.

If you come, you can’t miss it:

  • The Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor in Toro, considered one of the most important medieval monuments in Spain.
  • The tour of the Pagos del Rey Wine Museum in Morales de Toro.

Toro is one of the most flourishing appellations of origin in Spain. Years ago it was an area where hardly any wine was produced, and today it has become an area with great potential and renowned wines.

  • Bierzo Wine Route.
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It is located in the Bierzo region. The region, which undoubtedly tastes like wine. In the west of the province of León, surrounded by valleys bordering Galicia and Asturias and along the Camino de Santiago, lies the Bierzo Wine Route .

Above all, they stand out:

  • Las Médulas and the Camino de Santiago.
  • The Ancares Biosphere Reserve where you can enjoy bear watching.
  • The Templar castle of Ponferrada.
  • The Church of Santiago de Peñalba.
  • The monastery of Santa María de Carracedo, Molinaseca and Villafranca del Bierzo.

A route full of wineries with a strong family character, with experiences for all audiences. It is a place with an extensive cultural, natural, archaeological and artistic heritage.

  • Arlanza Wine Route.
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The Arlanza Wine Routelocated south of the city of Burgos and east of Palencia, covers land in both provinces of Castilla y León, 2,000 km² with more than 450 hectares of vineyards, located between the middle and upper valleys of Arlanza, the Sierra de Covarrubias and the Cerrato moors, covered by the Arlanza Wine Designation of Origin.

On this route you will find museums that will take you back to the last century.

  • The Museum of Cerrato Castellano, located in Baltanás, where you will learn about the artistic, cultural, historical and landscape heritage of the region.
  • The Bustos Torquemada Museum reproduces a large manor house.
  • The Monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos or the remains of San Pedro de Arlanza.

And if you want to take home a souvenir, when you visit one of the emblematic monasteries and convents, ask about the sweets they make there.

  • Arribes Wine Route.
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The Arribes Wine Route is located between the provinces of Zamora and Salamanca, on the border with Portugal. With more than 150 km of river canyons from which the name Arribes derives.

Not to be missed:

  • The impressive Arribes Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve.
  • And the historical complex of San Felices de los Gallegos.
  • In addition to the more than 1,000 subway cellars of Fermoselle.

It is an area of great scenic value.

  • Zamora Wine Route.
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Located in the area of influence of the Duero River, and around the Vía de la Plata, the region of Tierra del Vino extends over an area of almost 1800 Km2 distributed among forty-six municipalities in the province of Zamora and ten municipalities in the province of Salamanca.

When you go, don’t get lost:

  • The Vía de la Plata, an important communication enclave built in Roman times to link the south of the Peninsula with the north. This route includes many of the municipalities of the region such as Cubo de Tierra del Vino, Villanueva de Campeán, Entrala, Corrales del Vino or the city of Zamora itself, called Ocellum Durii by the Romans.

If you are a detail-oriented traveler, the Zamora Wine Route is the ideal place to enjoy perfectly preserved spaces that maintain the essence of the past.

  • Sierra de Francia Wine Route
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Located in the southwest of the province of Salamanca and protected by the P.D.O. Sierra de Salamanca has an ancient wine culture. Among its vineyards are some of the oldest in Spain, which together with the many cave wine presses found throughout the territory, attest to this historical burden. We cannot forget its iconic native grape variety: the Rufete.

The Sierra de Francia Wine Route invites you to put on your mountain boots and get to know its natural wealth.

  • Sierras de Béjar and Francia Biosphere Reserve and Las Batuecas Natural Park.
  • Mogarraz and its 806 painted faces that adorn the facades of the houses.
  • Its gastronomy is a must on the Sierra de Francia Wine Route. Patatas meneás, Serrano lemon, zorongollo, kid or tostón cuchifrito,…

Winery tours are becoming more and more important in the tourism sector, becoming a very important engine of economic development that supports rural areas with the creation of jobs and the generation of benefits for local producers and businesses.

From Thegetawine we invite you to discover this other form of tourism, linked to wine, this drink always linked to our history and our environment, drink of kings and emperors throughout history. That mediator in big negotiations and always a means for socialization in big and small occasions. The nexus. The union. Take part in enotourism and get into its dynamics.

Get away. Get a wine. Get away with Thegetawine

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