Cigales (Castile-Leon)

Cigales (Castile-Leon)

Max. Summer temp. : 39 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: -6 ºC
Average rainfall: 425 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,616 hours annually

Cigales DO

Cigales has always been associated with aromatic & rosé wines. But once the area was granted DO status, producers began to show an interest in making red wines as well, following the example of other Duero valley DOs, and, above all, given the enormous potential of the region's reigning variety, Tempranillo, also known here as Tinta del País.

Certainly, the soil, climate and grapes of this small growing area (still less than 3,000 hectares) as well as the first results attained by the bodegas, promise well for the future. In fact, the DO Regulatory Council is presently drafting new regulations that will include other varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for reds, and Sauvignon Blanc for rosés - to enhance the wines.

Meanwhile, this remains the most traditional of the DOs in Castile and Leon. Bodegas buy in from family village vineyards, called majuelos, where the work throughout the year and the harvesting itself are generally done by the families themselves. However, the DO is also beginning to attract new outside investment from both the public and private sector as a result of its recent adaptation of its wines to current tastes.

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Cigales
C/ Corro Vaca, nº5
47270 Cigales
Tel.: +34 983 580 074

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Cigales PDO

Area under vine
2,000 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
700-800 m.
Soil types
The ground is formed by tertiary and quaternary sediments: sands and limestones rests on clays.
Principal grapes (w)
Albillo and Verdejo.
Principal grapes (r)
Tempranillo, Garnacha and Garnacha Gris.
Maximum crop
7,000 kg/ha
70 %
Production 2013
57,600 hl
Production 2014
57,500 hl
Production 2015
53,300 hl