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Wine tourism in Madrid

4 de July de 2019 


Wine tourism is the activity which consists of visiting the zones in which wine is produced. Spain is one of the wine producers of larger quantity and higher quality, and, in the last thirty years, Madrid has improved its harvest significantly.

Historically, Madrid has an important past in viticulture because it was a zone exploited by the Roman Empire in ancient times. The year 1990 is highlighted as a key moment in Madrid wine production because it received a designation of origin which was called “Vinos de Madrid” (Madrid Wines) and, currently, it has more than fifty associate wineries.  

In Madrid city, four million of bottles of wine are produced annually and many of them are of high quality. Wine production gradually earned respect not only inside the country but also in other countries with medals and awards.

Subzones

Madrid Wines (“Los Vinos de Madrid”) have three different subzones of cultivation, each of them with its own particular characteristics.

The first of them is Subzona de Arganda. Its grapes are chosen among Malvar and Tempranillo variaties. Its soils are strong with a sandy loam texture. It presents a limestone characteristic with a pH between 7,5 and 8,5.  50% of the registered vineyards are found in this zone. They grow in Tajo, Jarama and Tajuña rivers plains.

The second one is Subzona de Navalcarnero. Here, Garnacha red grape prevails. The soils are sedimented by Guadarrama river, but they have a siliceous origin. Its texture is loamy, with an acid pH which is almost neutral. 15% of the vineyards are produced in this zone, countries and plain areas.

The third one is Subzona de San Martin. Garnacha Tinta and Albillo Real are its preferred grapes. It includes 35% of Madrid  vine which grow in slopes, foothills and plains. Its soil is granitic, with gneis and dense rocks. It has a loamy texture with an acid pH.

In March 2019, the designation of origin territory was extended and a fourth zone was born: El Molar. As a result, “Vinos de Madrid” includes 70 places. El Molar, as a tour, is not available yet because of its recent inclusion.

Tourist routes and wineries

Within wine tourism as such, Madrid has routes and wineries which can be visited.

As regards wine region routes, “La llegada del Imperio Romano” is highlighted: it allows to know the past and the moment in which viticulture emerged. It starts in Alcalá de Henares, and visites sites like Carabaña, TIelmes and Perales de Tajuña.  Another distinguished route is “El valle de las Iglesias y el legado del Císter”, which goes around San Martin de Valdeiglesias, where the development of wine business of the Císter order started and advanced towards Cenicientos and Villa del Prado.

Some wineries which deserve to be visited are: Bodega del Nero, V de Valmores, Bodega Peral and Bodega Señorío de Val Azul.

 


Last update 04/07/2019 16:57:33


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