HISTORY AND CULTURE
RIBERA DEL GUADIANA WINE ROUTE
The Ribera del Guadiana Wine Route covers a wide expanse of land with a great wine-producing tradition that coincides with the six sub-areas of the designation of origin. Cañamero and Montanchez in the province of Cáceres; and in the province of Badajoz: Tierra de Barros, Matanegra, Ribera Alta and Ribera Baja. Due to the distinctive configuration of the land, microclimate and soil of these parts of Extremadura, there is an excellent variety of wines.
LOCATION AND CONTACT
KNOWS OUR ROUTE
Wine culture since Roman times.
Archaeological remains witness the region’s wine culture since Roman times; it has held the Ribera del Guadiana D.O. since 1999.
Young white, rosé and red wines have traditionally been made in all the areas of the Route, especially reds, subjected to a long ageing process or in the case of Tempranillo and Grenache, moderate oak ageing. Barrel-fermented young white wines are obtained from the native varieties like Cayetana Blanca, Pardina or Montúa, resulting in modern, structured wines full of nuances, providing altogether new sensations.
Extremadura is also a land of sparkling wines and cavas, the latter only found in Almendralejo under the Cava D.O..
Between wineries and vineyards
The Ribera del Guadiana Wine route includes a total of 28 wineries as well as some interesting museums covering diverse themes, among them the fascinating Museum of Wine Science in Almendralejo.
You can also enjoy a whole range of tourism services provided by our associated businesses and establishments: specialist shops, wine outlets, hotels, travel agencies, spas, beauty salons, etc.
Almendralejo, the International City of Wine
There are several towns on the Route, all traditionally linked to the wine culture. A territory that will surprise visitors with its landscapes, its cultural heritage and its exceptional cuisine, and its people, who do their best to make visitors feel special.
Its epicentre is in Almendralejo, the International City of Wine, where the landscape of vineyards combines with the rich cultural and historical heritage. There you can visit the Museum of Wine Sciences, where art meets tradition and technology, and the bullring, the only one in the world with a winery under its stands.
The Badajoz Carnival, The festival of Candelas, Trujillo International Fair or the Feast of Saint Michael
The Badajoz Carnival is listed as a Festival of Regional Tourism Interest due to its great beauty and local impact. The festival of Candelas in Almendralejo enjoys the same recognition, and it involves setting fire to amusing hand-made figures known as pantarujas, who represent the evil spirits.
The Trujillo International Fair is held on the first weekend of May, with displays of cheese from all over Extremadura. Also highly recommended is the Feast of Saint Michael held in Zafra in September during with all kinds of activities, among them some related to stockbreeding: there’s concerts, funfairs, livestock competitions, cultural events, and lots more.
Lastly, try not to miss the Patron Saints’ days in towns like Aceuchal, Ahillones, Villanueva de la Serena and Guadalupe, with celebrations, religious processions and folk dancing.
Extremadura Beef and Lamb, Ibores and La Serena cheeses, “Torta del Casar” or olive oils
In Extremadura, gastronomy covers everything from the simplest most traditional fare to highly refined avant-garde signature cuisine. Among the area’s many traditional foods are Extremadura Beef and Lamb (CORDEREX), both with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
You are also welcome to sample the tasty Ibores and La Serena cheeses, made from goat’s milk, and “Torta del Casar” made from sheep’s milk. Other local delicacieolive oilss are the magnificent , including oils from Gata-Hurdes and Monterrubio.
Various activities between Ribera del Guadiana’s impressive outdoor environment and landscapes
Ribera del Guadiana’s impressive outdoor environment and landscapes make it ideal for the practice of active tourism in its purest state. You can also sign up for fun wine tastings or enjoy a pleasant stroll through vineyards, or a donkey ride, a spa circuit or a relaxing wine-therapy treatment.
Ribera del Guadiana has a full agenda of cultural activities too, ranging from guided visits and art exhibitions including the world-famous Mérida International Festival of Classical Theatre, held in summer in the city’s historic Roman Theatre.
HOW TO GET THERE
Between Cáceres and Badajoz
Two major roads cross this territory: the A-5 runs across the region northeast to west, taking you to Portugal, and the A-66 (the old N-630), running three hundred km from north to south, is the main road in the west. The civil airport is at Talavera la Real, just a few km from Badajoz, and has daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona, from where you can travel to other cities in Spain.
Adress: Almendralejo, 06200, Badajoz