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ARLANZA WINE ROUTE : Essence of Castile



Heritage and History are the essence of this land full of beauty in its noble houses, which date back to the fifteenth century and that you will find in every town you visit.

Ruins of San Pedro de Arlanza Img - Ruins of San Pedro de Arlanza Img - Popular architecture in Covarrubias Img - Romanesque capital Santo Domingo de Silos Img - Typical "candonga"
Ruins of
San Pedro de Arlanza

Its history is the history of the Romans, who settled down the shores of Arlanza leaving their mark. It is also the history of the �Reconquista� which sowed this land with a chain of fortresses and people coming from the north of the Iberican Peninsula, germ of the Castilian kingdom and the essence of the current Castilla.

Arlanza Wine Route offers you the possibility to walk around and know the genuineness of its architecture: the townhouses constrained inside villages surrounded by walls, locking their history and clustered around the church, forming a compact� net of narrow streets following the town planning of the Middle Ages and the popular neighbourhoods of wine cellars, reminiscent of a wine tradition dating back to the seventh century.

These cellars, which were dug underground and where wine laid down and was kept for family consumption, are still a meeting place to share with family and friends.

On your way through the Arlanza Wine Route, you'll see the landscape, mute witness of the importance that cattle raising had across the Castilian �Cerrato�, dotted with lots of dovecots, used in the past for� breeding pigeons, and mills, in another time the best exponent of the economic prosperity of a town or village.

You can also see the typical �candonga�, a conical chimney crowning the roof of many houses and connected to a fireplace traditionally used to cure pig meat.

The great monastic ensembles are another hallmark of this route, providing this area with a silence, respect and spirit that transport you to a time when the wine was a very important part of everyday life.

Picture 4; Félix Andino

Junta de Castilla y León, Unión Europea - Fondo Europeo Agrícola de Desarrollo Rural; Gobierno de España - Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Rural y Marino; Leader