You can do the Camino in a lot of different ways, with different means and different roadmaps, because there are so many caminos as piligrims. For some time it’s appreciated the value of the gastronomy in the Camino de Santiago and there are lots of piligrims who every year jump in this adventure ready to try some delicacies that they can find in their way. The same thing happens with the wine: the wine lovers have found in the French way a huge paradise for the senses. The wine in the Camino de Santiago has an important representation, specially in the lands of Aragón, Rioja, Castilla and Galicia, where it’s possible to find some wines about which we’ll talk below.
Variety is the spice
The big variety of the wine in the Camino de Santiago happens due to the weather of Spain, that changes a lot from one Winter to Summer. This generates all kind of vineyards with many different features.
Furthermore, it’s important to know that since the XI century, the monks and piligrims have brought to Spain lots of different grapevines from all around the world. In this way, we could say that the Camino and the wine have fed each other, mutually.
This millenary route has always been related with the wine history and today, it’s in our hands to try many different kinds of wine meanwhile we walk the Camino. And in our glass!
A glass of wine in the Camino de Santiago! Make it with designation of origin!
If you like wine, there’s no better way to enjoy the Camino than trying the best wines and tapas of each region. It’s for sure that it won’t be a journey just for our body and soul, but also for our palate!
After going across the ways surrounded by vineyards, breathing the sweet air, you’ll want to taste a good wine! And not just any, but one of the best ones: the wine in the Camino de Santiago has designation of origin. Would you like to know a little bit more about brands and landscapes?
Pyrenees and the Somontano
Our adventure starts in the first stages, after crossing the natural frontier of the Pyrenees.
It’s usual to start the Camino Francés from St.Pied de Port, Roncesvalles or Somport. The first stage through Somport, border territory between Spain and France, specifically between the Aragon Valley and the Aspe Valley, finishes in Jaca, where we could taste a delicous aragonese wine called “Somontano”.
We’ll find this Aragonese wine that comes from Huesca. Its name means “at the foot of the hill” and says a lot about the privileged position between the valley of the Ebro river and the Pyrenees.
The romans also liked to cultivate their wine in here and it’s no surprising because this cultivation area is an imposing green and steep zone. If you feel like tasting this wonderful Somontano and your Camino passes through Jaca, ask for it!
A glass of Rioja, please!
I’m sure you’ve heard about the Rioja before! It’s one of the most famous wines of all the wines over the Camino de Santiago, because the Rioja is the designation of origin prefered by the consumers.
The 7th stage of the Camino Francés finishes in Logroño. Once we’ve arrived to the capital of La Rioja, we can’t leave without tasting the wine with designation of origin most renowned on the region.
This wine borns mostly between the regions of La Riona and País Vasco and we could drink a red, white or rosé Rioja, the three of them are a flavour explosion for the most demanding palates!
The life and culture in La Rioja are strongly bounded to wine. So much so that, in the Univerity of La Rioja we can study the Grade in Wine Study.
But not only that! The wine is like the blood in the veins of this region and inspires TV programmes, popular celebrations, festivals and concerts.
Go through Castilla with a Ribera del Duero
We go on our wine adventure in the Camino de Santiago and we arrive to Castilla y León, where we could taste the Ribera del Duero. This designation of origin goes over the bank of the Duero rivel and soak the life of Soria, Burgos, Segovia and Valladolid.
There are 16 stages of the Camino Francés that go through Castilla y León, from the stage 10 in Belorado to the 26, where we’ll enter in Galicia by O Cebreiro. In any of this 16 stages you can taste the delightful wines of Castilla.
This wonderful wine is mostly red and since in 1982 was awarded this designation of origin, the number of wineries and its prestige never stopped growing up. Today, this viticulture region is globally known.
And in the goal, a glass of Ribeiro
We’re finally in Galicia, the final stetch of the Camino! But it can be the beggining of another big way for the wine lovers, because Galicia it’s not only “terra meiga”, but also a land of amazing gastronomy and wines.
In Galicia there are 8 stages in which you can stop to taste a nice Ribeiro, from O Cebreiro to the dreamt goal, the city of Compostela, passing through Palas de Rei and Arzúa.