Calatayud

Calatayud

History and Culture

Calatayud, the second main city in the region of Zaragoza, enjoys excellent motorway and railway connections, including the AVE (High Speed Train) service. Just 25 minutes from Zaragoza and 55 minutes from Madrid, it is one of Spain’s highest altitude wine producing areas. Some of its vineyards are over one-hundred years old and endure extreme natural conditions which are ideal for the production of top-quality, highly acclaimed wines.

The region of Calatayud boasts a superb historical heritage—the fine instances of Mudejar art found throughout the area were declared a World Heritage by UNESCO—, unique natural spots such as the Monasterio de Piedra, a wide range of thermal spas, a golf course plus extensive tourist resources, stunning scenery, fine hotels, restaurants and shopping facilities available to tourists visiting our wineries and tasting our wines.

 

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The Wine

Extreme vineyards. High end wines.

Vine growing in this area goes back to the 2nd century B.C. as attested to by a winepress found in the Celtiberian site of Segeda. The first written testimony to the superb quality of wine in this region was contributed by 1st-century-writer and historian Marco Valerio Marcial, born in the nearby Roman city of Bilbilis.

In the late 12th century, Cistercian monks promoted vine growing in this zone and founded the Monasterio de Piedra. Numerous wineries in the monastery surroundings attest to the significance attached to vineyards.

 

In the 1960’s vine-growers came together and created co-operatives. Aware of the high-quality of the wine produced, winery owners applied for the creation of the protected designation of origin (D.O.), which was granted in 1989.

 

Over one-hundred-year-old vines, the high altitude of most vineyards and extreme weather conditions with exceedingly hot and dry summers plus severe frost in winters shape the motto of D.O. Calatayud: Extreme Vineyards, High End Wines.