The Cigales Designation of Origin (D.O.) came into effect in 1991 but its relative youth is misleading as there is documentary evidence from the 10th century of vineyards in the different municipalities of the county, such as Cubillas and Corcos.
Cigales wines became very famous in both Spain and abroad. When the phylloxera plague decimated the French vineyards, Cigales vines were sent as far as Bordeaux to replace them. This winemaking region was so important, by 1888 it was producing over 15 million kilos of grapes. On 29 September 2011, Order AYG/1197/2011, of 22 September, was published in the Official Gazette, approving the new Regulation for the Cigales Designation of Origin and its Regulatory Board. This new regulation authorises the production of white, sparkling and sweet wines after several years of experiments that have endorsed the quality of the wines produced in Cigales. The experimental varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are also used as complements to the main varieties, namely Tempranillo, together with Garnacha and the white varieties of Viura, Albillo and Verdejo, which have enjoyed a very close relationship with our historic and renowned rosés.
igales rosé wines are distinctive thanks to their production process, being vinified as white wines but using a mixture of red and white grape varieties, choosing varieties that have adapted well to our soil, climate and cultural practices. Experiments have been carried out over the years, collaborating with the oenology station of Castile and Leon, reaching the conclusion that, by using the right proportions of white varieties (Albillo, Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc) together with red varieties (Tempranillo, Garnacha, Merlot and Syrah), the rosé wine obtained is typical of a Cigales wine but also meets the market's current demands in terms of colour, aroma and taste. The vines have gradually been transformed since 1985, giving rise to plantings of varieties in suitable proportions to produce rosé wines but also to be able to experiment with reds.
- Address: C/ Corro de Vaca, 5
- Town: Cigales
- Postcode: 47270
- County: Valladolid
- Region: CASTILLA Y LEÓN
- Country: España
- Phone number: +34 983 580 074
- Fax: +34 983 586 590
- E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: http://www.do-cigales.es
- Facebook: Denominaci%C3%B3n-Origen-Cigales-119539294730001/
- Twitter: DOCigales
- Pavilion: 4
- Stand: 4F23-77