Castilla y Leon Wine Regions Guide

Discover the timeless allure of Castilla y León's wine country, where tradition and innovation converge in every glass


Last updated: December 30, 2023


Castilla y Leon is the modern wine miracle of Spain. Barely known in the mid-1900s, it now produces an astonishing variety of red and white wines. That fact often astounds visitors due to the region’s notoriously arid and hot climate; the plains of Old Castile, stretching north from Segovia to the ancient kingdom of Leon, is hardly the most verdant landscape, certainly when compared to the bucolic splendor of Galicia and Asturias. And yet, Castilla y Leon gave birth to one of Europe’s greatest dry whites: Rueda. How is this possible?

The region has a few tricks – and surprises – up its sleeve. Elevation is one of the key quality factors: the finest vineyards are planted at altitudes of up to 850 meters above sea level. As a result, it can be above 35 degrees during the day in summer but drop to below 15 at night. They call this diurnal temperature variation, and it is responsible for the lively acidity and remarkable freshness that defines the best wines of this expansive vineyard. Yet the human factor is just as important: Castilla y Leon is fortunate to host some of Spain’s most capable winemakers, not least Peter Sisseck (owner of Pingus) and the consistently brilliant Isaac Fernandez of Bodegas Arrocal. These dangerously talented people have transformed what the region can offer via a combination of raw talent, innovation, and a natural Savoir-faire.

Today, the former playground of El Cid positively brims with a wide variety of styles, ranging from the unctuous reds of Ribera del Duero to the saline delights of Verdejo. Let’s discover it.

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