History and Culture
In every corner of the Route, there are experiences that you will fall in love with and sensations that you’ll never forget. You will find diverse and enchanting places to visit bound together by a certain familiarity and tranquility at every turn. The Wine Route of Cigales offers charming accommodations surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and a rich cuisine, all while ensuring top-level quality and professionalism.
Throughout history, such relevant figures as the Catholic Monarchs, Felipe II, Napoleon Bonaparte, as well as important Castilian nobles, Trappist and Cistercian clerical orders have traversed our Wine Route leaving behind their influence and contributing to the legacy. With deep cultural roots engrained in the people, wine production has been a time-honored tradition of the Wine Route of Cigales since the tenth century and has retained its importance in our region since the Middle Ages.
Such was the celebrity of our wines, that when the Court of Felipe III was installed in Valladolid (1601-1606), this viticultural product from Cigales was consumed regularly in the capital, further contributing to its popularity at the time.
Around the mid-nineteenth century, after a few centuries of decline, there was a significant extension of the vineyards and production due to the phylloxera vine plague in France. French wine makers bought their grapes from Spanish vine growers, while transcending the advanced French viticultural techniques to them while improving on the existing ones. It wasn’t until the early twentieth century that phylloxera reached Cigales, but by then its presence was merely symbolic as the vine growing techniques already employed reduced any significant effects.
The creation of the D.O. Cigales in 1991 consolidated the region as a wine producing area of high quality, increasing production, marketing and exports. With the arrival of the 21st century, business began to grow thanks to the implementation of wine tourism.