Castilla y Leon information
Designation of Origin de Origen Cigales
The most important Red grapes: Tempranillo
Others Red grapes: Garnacha tinta and garnacha roja
White grapes: Albillo, Verdejo and Viura
Types of wines Rosé wines, young reds and Crianza reds
In the southern part of the district of Tierra de Campos, the landscape is dominated by large stretches of vines and undulating hills which extend to the banks of the river Pisuerga. On the outskirts of Valladolid, we find the "Denominación de Origen Cigales", which used to be famous for its "claretes" and is known today for its modern rosé and red wines. Cigales is the head of the district and the town which gives its name to this Designation of Origin.
The jewel of Cigales wines is the red tempranillo grape variety. This particular "cépage", along with other white grape varieties, is the basis for producing modern rosé wines. But the great discovery of this district, known historically for its clarete wines, has been its reds. These wines have burst onto the market in perfect harmony with current trends: wines with colour, strong aromatic potential and tannic structure. The tempranillo grape of Cigales is not grown far from the Duero region, indeed the river Pisuerga flows into the Duero a few kilometres downstream. Today, Cigales is establishing itself as an important region for modern young rosé wines, as well as promising ventures into barrel-aged reds.