© Bodegas Sonsierra, Rioja, Spain

History

The history of the county stretches back for many centuries, and represents one of the richest parts of Rioja’s historical heritage. Vines have been domesticated and wines have been produced in the Rioja region for more than 2,000 years, and throughout this time the area has been a model of innovation and adaptation to meet the demands of new consumer habits and market evolution.

TRACES OF THE HISTORY OF WINE

The fields are dotted with prehistoric remains, many of which have a connection to vine-growing, such as the dolmen of La Cascaja, the necropolis, the hermitages, rustic dwellings, wine presses and cellars dating back to the Roman era.

Likewise, medieval remains such as chapels, churches, mansions and castles reveal the identity of the region’s towns and streets. The castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in the old Kingdom of Navarra, was built around 1170 and is the largest fortress in the vicinity of the River Ebro. It originally formed part of the Laguardia and Labastida defensive line.

Dolmen of La Cascaja

Traditional wine press

Necropolis of San Andres