Doing the Camino de Santiago is a very complete experience, it offers you hiking, culture, history, gastronomy and, why not, very good wines. In fact, on this millenary pilgrimage route you will cross several territories with a great wine tradition and culture, various areas of vineyards and even a fountain that emanates wine. The culture of wine and the Camino de Santiago are closely linked, as the medieval pilgrims relied more on wine, which they often carried in their gourds, than on the river water itself, as they did not know how drinkable it was. If you are passionate about wine and want to know more, keep reading, because we will show you the paths that will offer you the most important designations of origin of the peninsula.
Wines of the French Way
The French Way, on entering Spain through Roncesvalles, awaits us with a glass of good wine. The Autonomous Communities of Navarra and La Rioja are famous for their good red and rosé wines, perhaps the best in Spain and of great worldwide fame. The Rioja Designation of Origin was the first in Spain to receive the Qualified Designation of Origin in 1991, and it is an area with a great winemaking tradition, with a dedication of more than 2000 years.
There are three sub-zones, Rioja Oriental, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta, located on the banks of the river Ebro, where more than 1000 wines are produced, the favourite red varieties being Tempranillo and Garnacha. The tradition is so strong that even in the town of Ayegui, pilgrims are offered free wine at the fountain. Fountain of Wine at the Irache Wineries this custom has survived since the Middle Ages, when the monks offered wine to pilgrims for its restorative properties.