The wine route


Discovering the culture of the local wine is the best way to discover the Lands of Lleida. These wines are characterised by the quality of their elaboration and production in cellars full of charm that are located in beautiful natural settings. The Lleida Wine Route is a walk that combines the gastronomy, culture and geography of Lleida. These can be experienced through the cellars and by enjoying the local gastronomy, discovering the area’s natural and cultural resources and taking part in complementary activities. Like its wines, Lleida’s cuisine is rich and varied. From north to south, the route runs through municipal districts where the vines of the Costers del Segre Designation of Origin combine with the best in local gastronomy. The route also incorporates a selection of  estaurants that represent the cuisine of Lleida, which is based on natural products produced in the local territory: fruits, vegetables, olive oils and meats. This is a legacy that coexists with the new cuisine and which is reinvented every day with eyes set on a “delicious” landscape.

The vinicultural tradition of the Lands of Lleida (Spain) stretches back to the times of the Ibers, as shown by the first seeds of Vitis Vinifera, found at the Iber settlement of Els Vilars de Arbeca. However, it was during the Romanisation of the Terres de Ponent (western territories of Catalonia) that grape growing and wine production really became properly established. By the 19th century, the grape had become one of the most important crops in the territory, which boasted a total of 119,000 hectares of vineyards. But the subsequent appearance of the phylloxera later caused a drastic reduction in this wine-growing area to 15,000 hectares. Despite this lamentable misfortune, the wine producing activity of the Lands of Lleida was soon revived by the entrepreneurial initiatives of wineries such as Castell del Remei and Raimat. These cellars decided to replace the vines affected by the phylloxera and to establish new plantations, introducing innovative varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon. Their efforts helped to create the D.O. Costers del Segre and to establish its reputation for using the latest, highest quality technology and the most innovative wine production techniques.Bearing in mind the long winemaking tradition of the Lands of Lleida (Spain), one of the best ways to discover the local region with all its culture, tradition and landscapes, is - without a doubt - through Enotourism.The Ruta del Vi (Wine Route) is divided into four different itineraries, which allow travellers to combine the attractive scenery and monuments of the different comarques (local districts) of western Catalonia with visits to Lleida's main wineries.

By dividing the area into seven sub-zones, this route allows visitors to combine the attractive landscapes and monuments of the different comarques (local districts) of western Catalonia with visits to Lleida’s wine cellars.

Artesa de Segre sub-zone: Celler Teixidó, Celler del Montsec, Vinya l’Hereu, Vall de Baldomar, Bodegas Costers del Sió, Agropecuària les Pletes, la Figuera and Casa Patau.
L’Urgell sub-zone: Castell del Remei.
Les Garrigues sub-zone: Cérvoles celler, Clos Pons, Mas Blanch i Jové, Tomàs Cusiné and Vinya, Els Vilars.
El Pallars Jussà sub-zone: Bodegues Vila Corona, Castell d’Encús and Orcauvins.
Raïmat sub-zone: Raïmat (Grup Codorniu).
El Segrià sub-zone: Torres de Sanui and La Gravera.

For more information:


 

RUTA DEL VI DE LLEIDA: Tel. 34 902 25 00 50 - www.rutadelvidelleida.com 
CONSELL REGULADOR DO COSTERS DEL SEGRE: Tel. 34 973 27 04 94 / 34 973 26 45 83 - www.costersdelsegre.es






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