HISTORY AND CULTURE
CAMPO DE CARIÑENA WINE ROUTE
Campo de Cariñena is one of the most traditional winegrowing zones of our country and currently continues reinventing itself. Its idiosyncresy endures, the way of interpreting wine culture and tradition change and evolve, and therefore the way of defining and presenting its wines is different.
The Campo de Cariñena Wine Route opens the doors for us to a genuine journey among its vineyards, with interesting wine-related proposals and experiences.
The Campo de Cariñena Wine Rout is comprised of these 9 municipalites: Aguarón, Alfamén, Cariñena, Cosuenda, Encinacorba, Longares, Mezalocha, Paniza and Villanueva de Huerva.
LOCATION AND CONTACT
KNOWS OUR ROUTE
Cariñena is a Wine Name
The Region Campo de Cariñena is situated in the province of Zaragoza, between the rivers Jalón and Huerva, in the middle area of the Ebro Valley. Here, vines find an appropriate adaptation both to the different microclimates produced by altitudes, which vary from 400 to 800 metres, and the lands lacking fertility, but with excellent conditions of permeability.
With 14,440 hectares of vineyards, it is the oldest, vastest and most famous wine area in Aragon, and one of the historic areas in Spain. Already in the Vine Statute of the Village of Cariñena in 1696 people looked out for the wine quality and the obligatory permission of the Juries to plant vineyards. We find in it the precedent of the current Certificate of Origin (Denominación de Origen), recognised in the Wine Statute of 1932.
There exists a large varietal diversity, standing out the wine Mazuela, which had such a weight in the area that adopted the name of the capital of the Certificate of Origin (Denominación de Origen, DOP): Cariñena. It resists the winters in which the cierzo (a typical wind of this area) blows, and torrid summers. Today it is the historic red garnacha variety that abounds in the area.
A total of 35 companies and 9 municipalities are part of the Campo de Cariñena Wine Route
This Route extends its mosaic of villages, fields and vineyards in the foothills of the Algairen mountain range, a mountain rampart which extends from the Jalon valley to the Huerva valley, an emblematic natural space and Site of Community Imprtance.
Cutting through the southernmost foothills of Algairen, the Huerva River describes a series of straits and meanders in a setting of great beauty, catalogued as a SCI and SPA.
Travelling through the urban áreas, we can discover the traces of its most brillant artistic period, when th Mudejar style lived alongside the Gothic and Renaissance, in original fusion. The Muslim component is manifested in the decorative techniques, playing with brick until obtaining combinations of great beauty and aesthetic plasticity.
Mudejar art and landscape diversity
Architectural jewels that date back to the medieval era and the Renaissance, and much further back in time, the tracks of dinosaurs that in habited these lands. But the most beautiful reassure is Mudejar. World Heritage, with its unmistakable Muslim, Gothic, and Renaissance components in an original aesthetic fusion.
In the plateaus and slopes of the Sierra de Algairén the plant cover fuses with the vineyard, in a palette of infinite and changing colurs.
Richness and diversity of landscape, where hiking and climbing offer interesting proposals in routes and equipment.
Festivals and tradition
Festivals and tradition are experienced directly on the Route. Almost ancestral manifestations which are repeated generation after generation with renewed strength.
The Paloteo de Longares, a dance that the traveller can enjoyo n the 2nd and 8th of September, declared a Festival of Touristic Interest of Aragon.
The Grape Harvest Festival in Cariñena has been celebrated since 1960, and only during this celebration, wine flows From the Fountain of La Mora instead of water. The data of this important event varies depending on the beginning of the grape harvest in the zone. The 14th of September.
The tradition of the Toro (bull) de Ronda, with balls of fire placed on its horns, is present in all the festivals of the Route, declared a Festival of Touristic Interest of Aragon.
And the Roscón (ring-shaped cake) de San Valero. On the occasion of the saint´s feast day, the 29 th of January, this typical sweetbread is distributed to all visitors since 1984.
A pleasure for the senses
The richness of local products and their culinary results is a delight to the senses. Varied cuisine, From the traditional Aragonese food to the most avante-garde Mediterranean cooking, harmoniously combined with the wines that emerge From this land.
The best: Wine and Goya, engrave it in your senses
The Campo de Cariñena Wine Route offers so much than wine, visit the zone means tasting all the culture, traditions, monuments and landscapes of our region. The Mountains Range of Algairén, the Mudejar Art or the Huerva River are some of his undeniable attractions; hotels, restaurants, rural lodgings and specialized shops would be interesting for visitors also, in there, they can taste Aragon products.
The architectural jewels of the Campo de Cariñena return to medieval and Renaissance times, even though there are ancient attractions like dinosaurs footprints. But the greatest treasure of the region is the Mudejar, which is World Heritage.
The Wine Route collaborates with the Goya Foundation of Fuendetodos, programing visits to Goya’s Birthplace and Fuendetodos Engraving Museum.
HOW TO GET THERE
HOW TO ARRIVE TO CAMPO DE CARIÑENA
The region Campo de Cariñena is located right in the Valle del Ebro, or Ebro Valley, and it has an area of 14,440 hectares.
It occupies an exceptional geographic location, since it is situated in the very communication axis of the Ebro Valley with Levante, as well as in the middle of the North-South route, which organises the Aragonese territory. This location transforms the region in a true alternative of connection between the País Vasco (Basque Country) and Valencia.
It is 42 Kilometres South of Zaragoza, 290 kilometres from Madrid and 360 from Barcelona.
From Zaragoza by A-23, from Madrid A-2/E-90/N-220; from Barcelona AP-2/E-90/A-2/N-II
It is possible to arrive by train from Zaragoza and Teruel.
Adress: Oficina de Turismo, Avenida Ribo Lahoz 2, 50400 Cariñena.