Tourism in Cariñena

Cariñena Town, Cariñena Grapes, Cariñena DOP and the local district of Campo de Cariñena

A destination that has wine as its common thread. You will be able to learn about its heritage, its history, its wealth and a whole lot more.

History of Cariñena

We have to go back to the beginning of the vineyards in Aragon, which used to form part of the region of Celtiberia, where the Roman town of Carae (currently known as Cariñena) was located. In those days (3rd century BC) the local inhabitants drank wine mixed with honey. By the year 1415 this drink formed part of the list of foods taken by Kind Ferdinand I of Aragon on his trips.

The wine from Cariñena was mentioned in the chronicles of a great many foreigners and knights errant that wandered around the peninsula. Among such travelers was Enrique Cock from Holland, who in 1585 recounted how King Philip II was received in Cariñena with two fountains of wine. One of these, known as Fuente de la Mora was filled with red wine. Nowadays, we celebrate the Grape Harvest Festival, declared to be a Tourist Attraction in Aragon, once a year in this mythical fountain.

In 1696 the Vine Statute was passed in the town of Cariñena. Hence, it is no coincidence that the fourteen Aragonese municipalities making up the Denomination of Origin have been trailblazers in acquiring the obligations and privileges this entails.

The historic path trodden and exemplary behavior of winegrowers from Cariñena in the fight against phylloxera, a plague that devastated all the vineyards in Europe at the end of the 19th century, brought about huge developments in their commercial activity, leading to the construction of the narrow-gauge railway line from Cariñena to Zaragoza, which opened in 1887 to transport the region’s produce. And Cariñena also experienced the same phenomenon, receiving the status of a city, granted by King Alfonso XIII in 1909.

Coinciding with the creation of the denominations of origin, 1932 also saw the inauguration of the Oenological Station of Cariñena, fomenting new cultivation and winemaking techniques.  DOP Cariñena is the second oldest appellation in Spain, and the first in Aragon.

It was in the 1980s that a huge quantum leap was made in wine-making with the advent of new systems for growing vines, investment in technology and the adoption of new oenological practices. To this day, our evolution has been constant in the pursuit of quality and excellence in our wines, which are now to be found all over the world.

Campo de Cariñena Wine Route

As an administrative institution unifying tourism in Cariñena we have the Campo Cariñena Wine Route: “The Route of the Wine of Stones”.

The Wine Route, together with the Cariñena Tourist Office, offers you the possibility of finding out about all the new features and agenda of Cariñena and its district, along with all the heritage and surroundings that form part of this region.

You cannot afford to miss the Mudejar art, which is considered to form part of World Heritage, the traditions that continue to live on generation after generation such as the Grape Harvest Festival, our museums (Wine Museum, Railway Interpretation Centre, Plantaría Nature Interpretation Centre and the Marín Bosqued Museum), our natural surroundings with BBT routes and trails and all the services that Cariñena has to offer. Uniting synergies around wine, Tierra de Cubas invites you to discover Cariñena.

INFORMATION

Offices
+34 976 620 425 | info@tierradecubas.es

Wine tourism
+34 976 620 454 | enoturismo@tierradecubas.es

Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 4 pm
Friday: 7 am to 3 pm

Crta. A-220 km 24
Cariñena (Zaragoza) España

WINE TOURISM BOOKINGS

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