Cigales Wine Region Guide

A Tapestry of Flavors, Culture, and Timeless Elegance


Last updated: January 4, 2024


If location is everything, Cigales should be worth a fortune. This small yet achingly trendy DO (appellation) is situated just north of Ribera del Duero; the white wine powerhouse called Rueda is found to the southwest. Indeed, Cigales is surrounded by some of Spain’s most famous vineyards and iconic bodegas. The potential to make exceptional – and age-worthy – wine in this corner of Castilla y Leon is unprecedented.

Fortunately, it is an opportunity that has not been squandered. After a relatively humble start, Cigales is riding high on significant investment and growing international recognition. The net result is a growing collection of excellent and good-value reds brimming with concentration and extract. Cigales has superb terroir like all great regions: rocky soils, old bush vines, and high-altitude sites. Yet the raw talent emanating from these modern cellars is equally impressive.


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