News • April 22, 2017

Drink (and walk) Spain’s El Camino de Santiago

Scores of people visit Spain every year to walk the iconic “Camino de Santiago”. But what most don’t realize is the close link between El Camino and wine.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, El Camino is actually a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) in northwestern Spain.

During Roman times, pilgrims and monks brought different grape varietals to the Iberian Peninsula while trying to proselytize the country. Some wine experts and historians attribute this migration as one of the main reasons why Spanish wine has such immense biodiversity.

Keep this history in mind when planning your own El Camino trip and make it your personal wine pilgrimage. Experience some of Spain’s most rarefied wine regions like:

Penedès

Somontano

Bizkaia

La Rioja

Ribera del Duero

Bierzo

Ribeira Sacra

Rias Baixas

The Camino de Santiago is not just an area for pilgrims and spirituality, it has long been a cornerstone of development in Spanish wine history.