Pays Hôte

11 - 13 Mars 2022

Valladolid, Spain

One Province, 5 Designations of Origin

With more than 22,000 hectares of vineyard wine is part of the millenary culture of the province of Valladolid, it is an essential part of its gastronomy, its agriculture, and its industry. Most of the towns in the province of Valladolid have traditional wineries or neighborhoods of underground cellars that were, and still are, a meeting place to share and enjoy.

The earliest traces of vine growing and winemaking date back to the days before the Romans and the Celtic tribes that inhabited the Duero basin. Examples include the funerary objects discovered at the Vaccaei archaeological site in Pintia, in the province of Valladolid, in an area that today forms part of the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin.

Valladolid can boast of being the only province on the Iberian Peninsula that has five Designations of Origin that certify the quality of its wines. The wine boom comes to Valladolid during the 80s with the creation of the first designation of origin not only in the province, but in the entire Castile and Leon - Rueda in 1980; Followed by Ribera del Duero (1982), Toro (1987), Cigales (1991) and Tierra de León (2007).

• The Rueda Designation of Origin is considered one of the best white wine making areas in Spain and the world, although it also produces red and rosé wines. Rueda is associated with its own unique white grape variety, Verdejo.

• The red Ribera del Duero wines have their own unique personality, forged by the Tempranillo grape variety, the soil and the climate which, together with expert winemaking know-how, have positioned these wines produced on the banks of the Duero amongst the finest and most appreciated in the world.

• In recent years Toro has become another hive of activity in the production of Mid-Duero reds, associated with its own variety of grape: Tinta de Toro. It produces wines with rich deep tones that are full-bodied and well-structured, characterised by their elegance and velvety texture.

• The Designation of Origin Cigales is renowned as a land that produces structured rosé wines that are overflowing with aromas and youthfulness. Thanks to the fertile soils, the red wines, which are highly appreciated in Spain, enjoy a growing international reputation that has earned them numerous awards. Wines are made principally from the Tempranillo variety. However, Verdejo and Albillo are also used in the production of both rosé and white wines.

• Like the previous areas, Tierra de León is a multiprovincial designation of origin that extends mainly across the province of León before venturing tentatively into Valladolid. The principal variety of red grape is the native Prieto Picudo, which produces excellent reds, but in particular truly stunning aromatic rosé wines.  

Valladolid, Capital of Tapas and Wine

The oenological and gastronomic richness of the province of Valladolid is one of its distinguishing features. The wide range and quality of red, rosé, white and sparkling wines from Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Cigales, Toro or León is the key to making Valladolid a top-level food and wine destination.

The oenological and gastronomic richness of the province of Valladolid is one of its distinguishing features.The wide range and quality of red, rosé, white and sparkling wines from Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Cigales, Toro or León is the key to making Valladolid a top-level food and wine destination.

In the month of May Valladolid’s Plaza Mayor becomes the best setting to taste the wines of these five Denominations of Origin, with the celebration of Plaza Mayor del Vino. The wineries also open their doors to visitors throughout the year, offering unique experiences between vineyards and barrels.

In addition, Valladolid has known how to make miniature cuisine its emblem and its tapas have gained international fame. The secret is in the wide and varied pantry with products endorsed by different seals or quality marks and that serve as the basis for these snacks.

Every November the city hosts the National Pinchos and Tapas Contest and the World Tapas Championship, two events that bring together the best chefs in the world and which is completed with the International Tapas Festival, thanks to which you can try all the participating tapas in the city's catering establishments. Some bars that overflow with succulent bites throughout the year and that are the best accompaniment for the wines of the area. A perfect pairing for a destination capable of producing magic on our palates.