Rueda Wine Route is located in the heart of Castile, —within Rueda Designation of Origin — and is extended across the left bank of the Duoro River.
This route includes part of the province of Valladolid and Ávila, and currently consists of 21 towns which offer an obvious proof of tourist and historic wealth of this viticulture region par excellence. The weather conditions and the orographical characteristics of its lands make this area favorable for vine cultivation —especially for the native grape called Verdejo—, and give an unique and inimitable personality to its wines. Its viticulture origins date from the 11th century, and from then until now, grapevine care and wine producing have provided a culture and a tradition to this land. Both are reflected in all the aspects of its personality, from its people to its artistic manifestations, without forgetting gastronomy, which plays an important role. Is an essential travel for those people who want to explore new emotions, always focused on wine and its environment.
History has left a significant patrimonial legacy in Rueda Wine Route. We can find old Mudejar and Renaissance temples, convents and monasteries — these host real properties— or Fortress-Castles such as La Mota Castle in Medina del Campo, which tell us thousand of battles waged in lands from Castile and the political-economic importance of this territory in earlier times, especially under the figure of Elizabeth the Catholic.
Our grandmothers’ cooking, prepared with love, continues to the present day in a renewed way. The innovation is joined with tradition to make the best of premium raw ingredients. Try the roast lamb with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) or the sucking pig, both roast in wood stove, the lentils of La Armuña, the chickpeas of Fuentesaúco or the mushrooms and fungi which Autumn gives to us. You are invited to taste the selected natural and tasty cheeses made using cow’s milk, the curds and the cottage cheeses. Traditional confectionery will sweet your journey.
The landscapes of Castile which are characterized by their green fields and pine woods, become Rueda Wine Route, and give priority to vineyards linked to the Designation of Origin Rueda.
After years of work for the care and the protection of the Verdejo grape, the D.O. Rueda takes shape in 1980, being the first Designation of Origin of Castile and Leon to receive this recognition. Since then, white wines of Rueda have obtained a significant and unique international fame.
Young wines have traditionally been made. These are differentiated by their peculiar greenish yellow color and their fruit, elegant and fresh aroma and flavor. However, in recent years, some wineries have backed the barrel fermentation, – which gives premium wines and intense sensations–, and sparkling wines.Although Verdejo is the native variety, in the D.O. Rueda we can find other varieties of white wines such as the Sauvignon Blanc, Viura or Palomino Fino and since 2008, varieties which allow producing red and rosé wines.
Rueda Wine Route encompasses 21 wineries, where you will find, on the one hand traditional wineries, characterized by their underground galleries. These are still intact since the Middle Ages. On the other hand there are modern wineries at the front line of innovation and development, offering a tour through the wine culture from antique times to our present days. In our specialized establishments, collections of wines, hotels and restaurants you will receive an impeccable service which provides care to visitors. Relax with a wine therapy treatment in a spa or sweeten your stay with our workshops’ confectionery. Get swept up in the charming of our towns and enjoy a quiet walk by their streets, looking their traditional architecture and feeling the friendliness of their people.
Follow Elizabeth’s Footsteps and the footprints of Joanna I of Castile, you will be surprised. Some key dates that you cannot miss are: The Wine Harvest Festivities of Rueda, La Seca or Serrada, and the Easter of Medina del Campo, declared to be of International Tourist Interest.