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HISTORY AND CULTURE

MADRID WINE ROUTE

The Wine Route of the Community of Madrid (Madrid Enoturismo), is divided into four viniculture subareas: Navalcarnero, Arganda del Rey, San Martín de Valdeiglesias and el Moral (the most recent admission).

Madrid´s wine history can´t be understood without it´s villages, heritage, traditions and gastronomy.

Madrid Enoturismo offers an alternative and complementary tourist product for the travelers that choose the Community of Madrid.

With over one hundred associates, Enoturismo consistently becoming a more established tourism option, with many activities to be enjoyed involving wine (themed routes, wine tastings, workshops, picnics in vineyards, etc) and prepared for those who want to discover the richness of Madrid´s viniculture, and visit the cultural heritage and gastronomy offered by the villages where the winery is located.

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THE WINE

In the Community there are 12.000 acres dedicated to the cultivation of the wine grape, 8.900 of them with the denomination of origin, which is 78% of the viniculture cultivatable land. Madrid´s Wines denomination of origin was created in 1990 and is one of the 94 denomination of origins recognized in Spain. It´s formed by four subareas: Arganda, Navalcarnero, San Martín de Valdeiglesias and El Molar         (this last one since February 2019).

Exportation consists of more than 5.000 hectoliters of wine, 30% of their production to countries in the European Union, The United States or China, demonstrating a great capacity to compete in the international market, thanks to the work of the viticulture sector of the region.

Serious and rested wines like red. Aromatic and soft such as a rosé. Young and pleasant white wines.

Many of these acres are part of the Community of Madrid Wine Route with over twenty wineries.

RESOURCES

The Community of Madrid Wine Route has over one hundred associates, located in four viniculture subareas.

Inside the Resources there are wineries, wine interpretation centers or Wine Museums, traditional and modern restaurants, hotels and charming lodgings, wine cellars, specialized product shops all located a few kilometers away from Spain´s capital.

HERITAGE

The territory that includes Madrid´s Wine Route, has great patrimonial value. Madrid is the biggest tourist focal point at a national level and less than an hour away, we can find small charming villages surrounded by natural spaces.

In each one of the subareas that form the Route are villages with great patrimonial value, many are considered Villas of Madrid. Singular destinations recognized by their patrimonial heritage that have been able to conserve their rural authenticity, also counting with enough tourism infrastructure to obtain quality and satisfaction.

Colmenar de Oreja. Plaza Mayor, the Ulpiano Checa Museum and local wineries.

Navalcarnero. Their Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church, and  area wineries.

Nuevo Baztán.  An Enlightenment retreat in Madrid, as well as monuments in Churriguera.

San Martín de Valdeiglesias  Their castle of the Coracera, reservoirs of San Juan and Picadas, also their wineries.

Villarejo de Salvanés Torre del Homenaje from the castle, Casa de la Tercia, local Wines and Olive Oils.

FESTIVALS

Many villages also celebrate their own wine fairs.

  • Wine fair in Colmenar de Oreja: A festive weekend for the residents and the tourists that decide to visit and enjoy Colmenar de Oreja´s wine and gastronomy, where Madrid´s wines are the focus of the weekend. The attendants can enjoy diverse activities that are organized for the fair: wine tastings, showcookings, contests, prizes and raffles, hiking routes in vineyards, performances, plays, a touristic train and much more.
  • Jornadas “Entre Vinos” in Navalcarnero: Visits and wine tastings in the wineries, routes in the vineyards or the festivity of the Vendimia (where diverse restaurants from the village offer “tapas” with wine) are some of the activities that the visitors can be part of, learning about the maturing of the grape and the elaboration of the Madrid wines, including many wine tastings. Visits to interpretation centers are also included, where the participants can discover an old labor house, with a cave and wine cellar and learn how wine used to be made in Navalcarnero. They also offer a space for children with special activities for them and a craft fair.
  • Vegetable and Wine Fair in Villa del Prado: The town celebrates its vegetable and wine fair every year, where the agricultures of the regions expose their products in the biggest vegetable fair in Madrid, and where the wine producers of the area offer their wines to the visitors.
  • Wine fair in Boadilla del Monte: A town close to Madrid where currently there aren´t any winery’s, however during many consecutive years they have carried out a Wine Fair in the garden of the Palacio del Infante D. Luis. The City Hall promotes this initiative for the public to get to know the wines under the denomination of origin of Madrid, which has more relevance every day in the current national viniculture scene.
GASTRONOMY

The Community of Madrid combines tradition and renovation. Our region, knowns how to adapt to the times without renouncing its traditions, and as shown, it´s gastronomy. It´s best representative is the cocido madrileño paired with Wines of Madrid, this traditional food offers much more, allowing us to savor it´s most authentic flavors.

Throughout history, Madrid´s gastronomy has experimented influences from the rest of the communities which surround it. As a consequence, and thanks to the following tourism, it has turned into a gastronomical melting pot of international cooking.

To begin with we will talk about the traditional foods and of course of its star dish, the cocido madrileño.

With great reputation, we find other suggestions like callos, garlic soup, beef and lamb stews, hunted meat like partridge, wild boar or fallow deer, including others that appear in the most authenic menus. We can´t forget fish, with tasty recipes like cod and baked sea bream.

However, something that represents Madrid are its famous Tapas where we can find the potato omelette with or without onion, starred eggs, patatas bravas, grilled ear, mushrooms, prawns “al ajillo”, snails, sweetbreads or gallineja, and the famous calamari sandwiches. A classic!

And for dessert? We highlight Villaconejos´s melons or Aranjuez´s strawberries simply because of its excellent quality. We can find a big variety of sweets depending on the season, you can choose between “buñuelos de viento” and “huesos de santo” in November; “rosquillas tontas, lisas, francesas and of Santa Clara” in San Isidro; “roscos de santo”, “tejas”, “barquillos”, “torrijas”, “bartolillos” with cream and “pestiños” with honey during Holy Week; and the delicious “roscón de reyes” during Christmas. Although it´s not a dessert parse, the most popular, well known and traditional one is probably “churros” with hot chocolate, a perfect option to warm up in the coldest days of the year. 

It is important to mention the wines of the region, young, aromatic, fruity either rosé, red or white, that since 1990 possess the denomination of origin “Wines of Madrid”. Also liquors like the anisette of Chinchón or the popular beer or sangria, are ideal options to pair with meals and parties.

In The Community of Madrid’s gastronomy is perfect for even the most demanding palate and during the year all types of Routes are carried out where wine is included. For example The Spoon Route in Tielmes, the Madrid Chickpea Route, the Tapa Fair in Pozuelo and the Madrid Cocido Route among others.

ACTIVITIES

With the Community of Madrid Wine Route you can enjoy wine that is offered by every subarea and at the same time carry out different activities,  getting to know the cultural and gastronomical patrimony. Some activities that we can offer include:

Horse ride in the vineyards. Fascinating tour among vineyards in the incomparable Valle de las Tórtolas, ending with a wine tasting and appetizers.

Stomping on grapes. What a better memory of wine than its initial creation. Visit a vineyard, see the grape harvest and the grape being stomped to then be turned into wine. Afterwards, a wine tasting.

The flight of the wine. Visit a vineyard accompanied by the flight of royal owls, hawks or Harris eagles. Wine tasting and cheeses of the area.

Origins The clay jars will surprise its visitors, almost as much as the typical product from Colmenar that will pair perfectly with the excellent wines from the oldest winery of the certificate of Origin Wines of Madrid.

Wine tasting under the stars. Visit the vineyard at sunset, have a glass of wine and observe the stars with our telescopes.

And many more activities offered by all of our wineries, which will make you have an unforgettable day. 

HOW TO GET THERE

In March 2019, the Community of Madrid expanded the territory of its Denomination of Origin with a fourth subarea, El Molar, approved by the European Union, which joined the already existing Arganda del Rey, Navalcarnero and San Martín de Valdeiglesias, which sums up to 600 acres of vineyards to the Certificate of Origin. The new subarea of El Molar is the only one located in the north of the region.

With this new subarea the city of Madrid is completely surrounded by wine making territory where Enoturismo is driven, and activity that is growing larger.

The proximity of the towns to the city of Madrid makes transportation to each subarea very easy, even being able to arrive on public transportation; we can even arrive to one of them on the metro. The best idea is to review the transport network of the Community of Madrid at: https://www.crtm.es/

 

CONTACT:

Telephone: 915 34 85 11

Email: info@madridrutasdelvino.org

Address: Rda. De Atocha nº 7 28012-Madrid