Discover our rich heritage all though the route.Castles, old monasteries, 'the wine cathedral' and the traditional wineries are a must.
On or Route wine was always strongly linked to the history and its cultural heritage. The clergy, nobility and monarchy were major consumers, and, in consequence, nowadays we keep on preserving the heritage of their presence. The Castles of Fuensaldaña and Trigueros del Valle, both from the XV century, are very impressive, with elements to contemplate and their interiors to get lost in.
You cannot forget to visit the Monastery of Saint Mary of Palazuelos, in the Cistercian style from the first third of the XIII century, which was once the seat of the Cistercian Order in Castile and the Monastery of Saint Isidore of Dueñas of the Benedictine origin from the XI century. At the present time, the Cistercian order continues monastic activity at this religious centre.
The Church of Cigales, commonly known as the ‘Wine Cathedral’ due to its dimensions of a cathedral and wine which provided funds for its construction, won’t let any visitant stay indifferent.
Don´t forget to visit the old town of Dueñas, declared a historical-artistic complex, on which streets the essence of the past plays with the dynamism of the presence.
The nobility has left their memento in diverse castles, fortresses, palaces and mansions. On different occasions the royalty has accommodated those different nobility buildings leaving a trace in the history. In each place of the Route you may find remains of the greatness of this territory.
An historical route
Half heritage, half landscape, the Canal of Castile constitutes a genuine surprise in the middle of Castile and León. The principal water engineering work completed at the end of the XIX century, which was built in order to facilitate the wheat transport from Castile to the northern harbours, and then to other markets. Nowadays it serves as a space for sport practicing, cultural activities and a place to enjoy this fluvial resource.
The French invasion in the XIX century was very cruel at our territory: with the Battle of Cabezón and the medieval bridge as a witness; the house which served as Joseph Napoleon´s accommodation in Dueñas; or the remains of the bonfires lighted by the French troops in the St. James´ Church in Cigales. Also the legend says that the nickname “Joe the Bottle” of the king Joseph Bonaparte comes from his boundless passion for wine.
The traditional wineries
All the towns count with a winery district where historically wine was produced. The wineries are underground and their façades are generally made from stone. They have characteristic elements in the exterior like ventilation, through which the grapes were thrown inside to make wine; a vent, through which the smell would come out after stem-removal or a stone bench, a place where the owner would seat and talk to the neighbours while having lunch. In the interior of the winery we can find press, recesses, press beam, settling tank, wine storage tanks, normally from clay, cemented stone, and/or big wooden barrels. The best way to understand it is to see the traditional winery in the Winery Museum – Aula de Interpretación de Mucientes [Interpretation Hall of Mucientes] and through the visits organized by the Cigales Tourism Office.
Different wineries producing and marketing wine nowadays, additionally dispose of traditional wineries, either for wine storage or as the element of wine tourism.