HISTORY AND CULTURE
RUEDA WINE ROUTE
Rueda Wine Route -within Rueda Designation of Origin- is located in the heart of Castilla y León, and it is extended across the left bank of the Duero River.
This route includes mainly part of the province of Valladolid and also a little part of Ávila and Segovia, and currently consists of 13 towns which offer an obvious proof of tourism and historic wealth of this viticulture region par excellence. The particular weather conditions and the orographical characteristics of its “terroir” make this area more than favorable for wine cultivation –specially for the native grape called “Verdejo”-, and give an unique and inimitable personality to all 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 area. Both are reflected in all the aspects of its personality, from its people to its artistic manifestations, without forgetting gastronomy, which also plays an important role.
It is an essential travel for those people who want to explore new emotions, always focused on wine and its environment.
LOCATION AND CONTACT
KNOWS OUR ROUTE
Rueda, Verdejo birthplace since 11th century
The landscapes of Castilla y León 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 working hardly for the care and the protection of the Verdejo grape, the D.O. Rueda was founded in 1980, being the first Designation of Origin of Castilla y León to receive this recognition. Since them, 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 flavour. However, in the recent years, some wineries have backed the barrel fermentation, -which provides with 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.
For all kinds of people, and likes
Rueda Wine Route encompasses 14 wineries, where you will find, on the one hand traditional wineries, characterized by their underground galleries. These galleries, 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, besides, you will receive an impeccable service which provides care to visitors. You can relax with a wine therapy in a spa, or sweeten your stay with our traditional pastry. Get swept up in the charming of our towns and enjoy with a quiet walk by their streets, looking their traditional architecture and feeling the friendliness of their people.
A great history, an extensive legacy
History has left a significant patrimonial legacy in Rueda Wine Route. We can find traces of various civilizations, such as old Mudéjar and Renaissance and Baroque temples, convents and monasteries –that host wonderful treasures- or Fortress-Castles such as La Mota Castle in Medina del Campo, which tell us thousands of battles waged in these lands of Castilla y León and the great and decisive political and economic importance of this territory in earlier times, especially under the figure of Isabel la Católica.
Important and varied events during all the year
Enjoy with the celebrations of all the different places that are part of Rueda Wine Route. In addition, some key dates that you cannot miss are: the Wine Harvest Festivities of Rueda, La Seca or Serrada, Medieval Market of Tordesillas, and Easter in Medina del Campo, declared of International Tourist Interest.
From the most traditional to the most innovative cookery
The secrets of our grandmothers’ cooking, prepared with love, continues until the present day in a renewed way. The innovation is joined with tradition to make the best of premium raw ingredients. Taste 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 rewarded us.
You are invited to taste the selected natural and tasty cheeses made using cow’s milk, the curds and the cottage cheeses. Traditional pastry will sweet your journey.
Meet the world of wine and its environment
Rueda Wine Route offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the wonderful wine culture, making numerous activities related to it, such as guided tours to wineries and vineyards or tasting visits, and much more.
In addition, you can enjoy with a trip to the past, enjoying with the great culture and heritage that this region provides. You can even follow the same way that Isabel la Católica and Juana la Loca made hundreds years before.
HOW TO GET THERE
In the heart of Castilla
The A-6 and A-62 cross the D.O. Rueda, and its main towns, Tordesillas and Medina del Campo, connecting perfectly with the rest of Spain, and also with France and Portugal. In addition, there are several national, regional, provincial and local roads, linking to a large number of towns.
Moreover, Rueda Wine Route has a wide network of railways. Medina del Campo has got one of the main stations. It also has several lines of AVE from Valladolid, less than an hour away.
Rueda Wine Route is also well connected by the air, nationally with Villanubla airport in Valladolid, just in 20 minutes, and internationally with Barajas airport, just over an hour.
Adress: C/ Juan de Álamos 5-7. 47400 Medina del Campo, Valladolid.