HISTORY AND CULTURE
LLEIDA WINE ROUTE
The wineries that are scattered all over Lleida have their origin in an ancestral tradition. The Romans introduced this crop, which soon prospered in the area until Phylloxera arrived, devastating its planting. Even so, the bodegueros decided to introduce new varieties of grape and so redraw the wine-growing map of Lleida. This innovative spirit can be seen these days in charming wineries where state-of-the-art technology and the tradition of cultivating vines produces wines as diverse as the territory covered by the Lleida – Costers del Segre Wine Route.
LOCATION AND CONTACT
KNOWS OUR ROUTE
You can’t imagine Lleida without wine.
The wineries that form part of this route make their wines under the Costers del Segre Designation of Origin (D.O.).
Costers del Segre is an unusual Designation of Origin because it is divided into 7 sub-areas that include the vast majority of the vineyards of the province of Lleida. The number of bottling wineries is small (30), but its area is large. This is large but sparsely populated area that runs from south to north: from the last of the Montsant mountains, with vineyards at a height of 750 metres, to the Pyrenees, with vineyards at over 1,000 metres, and running from the hills of Cervera to the west of the province. Calcareous flat lands, hills and mountains shaped by a climate between Mediterranean and Continental, with sharp contrasts of temperature between day and night, very cold winters and hot summers.
Costers del Segre is multicultural and multi-conceptual, mostly due to the size and sparse population of its territory and the diversity of its landscapes and microclimates. Its great reserves of adaptation are due to the multiple varieties planted over the past 40 years, giving it greater potential for enriching its bottled wines.
The innovative philosophy and open mind of the D.O. is reflected in the great work done in its vineyards, the diversity it its wines, its magnificent and striking labels, its research and knowhow in planning for the future, and its successful exports, already internationally acclaimed for the quality and dynamism of its products.
With all these virtues, these wines can easily cover the spectrum of needs of any wine list, showcasing the singularity of each of its territories.
Reds: Elegant, profound, fruity, with balanced tannin and good robe. Dominated by Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, with a significant increase in recent years of Syrah and Grenache.
Great diversity in bottles, both single variety and multi-variety combinations, mainly aged in the barrel.
These wines great expressiveness comes from their many nuances. They are generous in aromas, also fruity, mineral, balanced, pleasant and persistent in the mouth, though certainly not lacking potency.
Whites: Complex, generous, expressive and persistent. Of note for the great work done with varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanco, Albariño and Riesling, achieving fruity and satiny wines. Varieties that in recent years have accompanied the defence and resurrection of Macabeo as a grape with sterling value, contributing body, structure, balance and cream to many combinations within the DO.
Other interesting work is being done in the barrel with many of its varieties, creating a range of wines of great chromatic richness, serious, full-bodied, complex and structured, and with body, which improve with time in the bottle.
Traces of past eras and unusual places
This Route offers you wineries, urban and rural accommodation, shops, wine merchants and restaurants, surrounded by a unique natural and historical heritage. A sign of the many peoples who settled these lands and of a culture rooted in the countryside, traces of past eras can be found in many unusual places.
A tour of unique landscapes and monuments
There’s lots of signs of history to see in this large area. Among the great number of historical sites of interest in the different towns and landscapes are the Iberian fortress of Vilars de Arbeca, the majestic Seu Vella de Lleida cathedral, the Cistercian monastery of Vallbona de les Monges, the monastery of Les Avellanes and Verdú castle. The area’s rich and varied cultural and gastronomic history makes it a memorable place to visit and enjoy.
The geography of this route varies greatly. From the olive fields of Les Garrigues to the landscapes of Montsec and Terreta you can admire every stretch and curve of a Route that combines plain and mountain, fields of crops and pastures, cities and towns. In this changing landscape you should try not to miss the water ways of the River Segre, the confluence of the Rivers Segre, Cinca and Ebro; and Utxesa Dam, the Mitjana Park, the Llena Mountains, the Aulàs Oak Forest and the dam at Terradets.
Fair of Extra Virgin Oil/Les Garrigues
International Festival of Animated Film of Catalonia
Latinamerican Film Festival
International Puppet Festival
Moors and Christians Festival
Honey Festival – Balaguer Fair
Fair of the Melon (San Bartomeu)
Tàrrega Street Theatre Festival
Verdú Harvest Festival
Lleida Wine Festival
Fair of the Quince
International Jazz Festival
Saint Catherine’s Fair
Gastronomy Days “from country to kitchen”
Les Garrigues Gastronomy Festival
Just like its wines, the food of Lleida is tasty, rich and diverse
Just like its wines, the food of Lleida is tasty, rich and diverse. From north to south, you can find towns where D.O. wines blend with the best local fare and the many restaurants serve up a perfect cross-section of this cuisine, based on the produce planted, grown and harvested in the local fields: fruit, vegetables and garden produce, oils, meats etc. A heritage that lives happily alongside the new cuisine and is reinvented every day in these delightful surroundings.
Range of activities among the vineyards
Get to know the culture of wine in a relaxed, unhurried way, with your feet on the ground by taking a tour of the wineries of Lleida. Because if there’s one place that’s ideal for exploring the culture of wine, it’s undoubtedly Lleida, a city that has an excellent range of things to do. Among the many activities for tourists are guided visits to wineries, visits to monuments and museums and interpretation centres, wine and oil tasting courses, “maridajes”, browsing and buying in delicatessens, mtb, pathwalking, adventure sports, aquatic activities and birdwatching and related activities (ornithology).
HOW TO GET THERE
How to get there
Lleida is easy to get to.
Lleida-Alguaire airport, the high-speed train that links the capital of Lleida with Barcelona, Zaragoza, Madrid and Seville, and access by fast roads like the North-East Motorway (AP2), the Lleida-Barcelona dual carriageway (A2) and the Eje Transversal (C25), link up conveniently with the towns on the Route.