The history of the county stretches back for many centuries, and represents one of the richest parts of Rioja’s historical heritage. Wine civilization was a reality here a long time ago. Vines have been domesticated and wines have been produced in the Sonsierra region for more than 2000 years.
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.
MIDDLE AGE HERITAGE
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.