The Wine Routes of Spain Products Club
One of ACEVIN’s tasks involves creating the Wine Routes of Spain, a tourism product supported by the Spanish Ministries of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda and Agriculture and Fishing, Food and the Environment, and designed to help the traveller discover a “different” Spain and enjoy some unique experiences. Wine Routes of Spain have been set up in wine growing territories that have been working with the Spanish Administration and ACEVIN for years to create memorable experiences for travellers seeking a new concept of tourism based on the culture of wine.
In the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula, the Rías Baixas in Galicia impress with the shadiness of their vineyards and their Albariño wine, a perfect match for seafood dishes. Exploring the towns and villages of the region of Bierzo in León you will discover a rich cultural, natural, archaeological and artistic heritage, with one common denominator: wine.
Further east, the landscapes and flavors of Txakolí Route invite the traveler to get lost in a region of beautiful towns and rich natural environment. Continuing our trip, La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa, where wine is the protagonist, with their interminable vineyards and amazing range of wineries, from the staunchly traditional to the most avant-garde. Next door, Navarre is justly proud of its rosé, reds and its whites, brimming with history and emotion and combining tradition and innovation.
Both the wine production and the ways of the people Somontano at the foot of the Pyrenees sparkle with youth and talent. From Moncayo to the Ebre, the Route of Grenache in the Campo de Borja D.O. proves how one grape with character and strength like Grenache, worked for centuries in small family wineries (bodegas en cerro), can run the gamut of white, rosé and red wines, as well as remarkable cavas and excellent sweet wines. And also in Aragón, Campo de Cariñena offers one of the most traditional wine regions of our country, a mosaic of villages, fields and vineyards in the foothills of the Sierra de Algairén with architectonic jewels dating back to medieval and Renacimiento times. And all this without forgetting the region of Calatayud that has tourist attractions difficult to repeat such as landscapes, mountains, gorges, rivers, mudéjar, spas, gastronomy, wine and an endless number of enotouristic resources that will not leave you indifferent.
Now entering Catalonia, Lleida - Costers del Segre offers you a trip through the history of wine, where both traditional and newly-introduced vines make up a landscape where past, present and future converge. If you want to sample a cava, Penedès is your place. This Catalan territory also has other D.O.s with still wines with great potential. And to the north, in Girona, few places in the world concentrated in a small area so much history, so much culture landscape and wine as the Empordà.
Making your way inland now from Catalonia to Valencia, you discover the route of Utiel-Requena whose Bobal wine is unique in the world. Next, in Alicante you’ll be surprised by a group of wines that are seeing a strong revival in the Spanish wine-growing scene and by the tourist offer of the inland districts.
Continuing southwards you’ll find another surprise in Murcia: the sight of a castle is the first sign that you’ve arrived in Jumilla, a town that combines ancestral winegrowing tradition with state-of-the-art wines. Still in Murcia, the Route of Yecla shows a cultural diversity that has been forged over time; and Bullas Route runs through an authentic natural winery on the region’s high ground.
Turning inland and making for the heart of Spain, in Ribera del Duero you’ll breathe in the culture of wine, in a land whose history has run parallel to the union of vine and wine and the fruit of some vine stocks that mark its landscape, the character of its people and its culture; and in the heart of Castilla, the Route of Rueda, Verdejo birthplace, gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in its wonderful culture of wine and take a trip back in time to past centuries, enjoying the great culture and heritage. Cigales, land of rose wines, offers a tour of history, beautiful landscapes and rich gastronomy. The Sierra de Francia in Salamanca offers you a unique territory declared Biosphere Reserve and Natural Park. And finally this trip through Castilian lands Arlanza offers us a world of sensations and a trip through the history and culture of wine.
In the Ribera del Guadiana in Extremadura you find fine wines that come from a determined effort to modernise the area’s winegrowing and oeonology while preserving their own traditional style.
In Andalucía, the Montilla-Moriles Route in the province of Cordoba uncovers the secrets of those sun-dried grapes and of the colours of its fortified wines; in Cadiz, Marco de Jérez is region set by the sea, crammed with culture and history and cradle of the sherry wine and brandy of Jerez, the Andalusian horse, and the art of flamenco; and to end this trip through the lands of wine, the Serranía de Ronda shows a reference tourist destination, ideal for dressing up emotions, sensations and experiences and a few wines that harmonize with its rich gastronomic heritage.
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