DO Cigales

DO status awarded 1991.


The DO of Cigales lies to the north of the Duero valley, running north along the river Pisuerga valley from the city of Valladolid in the south toward Palencia in the north. The DO Cigales is situated within the province of Castille y León, which also includes the better known wine region of DO Ribera del Duero.


At 700-800m above sea level and an Atlantic influence, this region is characterised by hot dry summers, and harsh cold winters. In the summer daytime temperatures can reach 39°C, but winter temperatures can fall to -6°C. The region is subject to severe frost and fog in the winter and spring, which can pose a danger for the vines especially in the spring as they begin to bud.

The DO receives around 400-450mm of rainfall per annum (irregular but mainly in autumn and spring) and over 2,600 hours of sunshine.


Near the Pisuerga river the soils are alluvial with sand, lime and clay. The vineyards on the slopes are generally planted on a mix of clay, marl and limestone.


Although a fairly recently established DO, like Ribera del Duero, Cigales is producing wines that can mature over a very long period of time. This is thought to be due to the effect the climate and terroir have on the Tinto del País grape, which appears to have more acidity and be less likely to oxidize than Tempranillo grapes grown elsewhere in Spain. A minimum of 85% Tinto del País and Garnacha Tinta must be used for red wines to be recognized by the DO.

Permitted varieties of grape for the production of red and rosado wines are: Tinto del País, Garnacha Tinta, and Garnacha Gris.

For white and rosado wines the permitted varieties are Albillo and Verdejo.

Consejo Regulador for DO Cigales

C/Corro Vaca 5
47270 Cigales (Valladolid)
Tel: +34 938 580074
Fax: +34 938 586590
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