The Lleida Wine Route Association is an independent body combining the initiatives of both public and private sectors to promote and expand sustainable and quality wine tourism in the Lleida region.
From north to south, the association brings together town and district councils, associations, tourism offices, wineries, restaurants, themed establishments and tourist accommodation, providing an attractive and diverse tourism offering closely linked to the world of wine. The initiative is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Tourism, the Lleida Tourism Board-Lleida City Council, the Economic Development Board of the Lleida Provincial Authority, the DO Costers del Segre wine authority and the Lleida Hospitality Trade Federation.
Lleida is synonymous with wine. The innovative wineries that today dot the region have their origins in a long-standing and ancestral tradition. Although the first evidence of grape-growing dates from the Ancient Iberian era, it was the Romans who established the culture of vineyards, which reached its peak in the 19th century when nearly 120,000 hectares were under the vine, with export ambitions that were cut short by the phylloxera plague that arrived from North America, devastating Europe and reducing the area of vineyards around Lleida to 15,000 hectares between 1895 and 1909.
Nonetheless, far from abandoning the tradition, the wineries of the Lleida region set about introducing new grape varieties and reshaping the local winemaking map. This spirit of innovation can today be seen in delightful wineries where the very latest technology and age-old vine-growing traditions produce delicious wines as diverse as the region covered by the Lleida Wine Route.
D.O. COSTERS DEL SEGRE
The establishments that belong to the Lleida Wine Trail produce their wines under the certification of the DO Costers del Segre Designation of Origin.
Divided into seven sub-zones, the DO production zone guarantees the quality of wines from vineyards planted in limestone-rich soil, within a Mediterranean climate under a continental influence, with cold winters and hot summers.
Artesa de Segre, Urgell, Garrigues, Pallars Jussà, Raimat, Segrià and the Valles de Riucorb.
Average temperature: 13.8ºC
Rainfall: 385-450 mm
Hours of sunshine: 2,800 hours/year
RECOMMENDED RED VARIETIES
Garnacha Tinta, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Monastrell or Morastrell, Trepat, Mazuela or Sansón, Pinot Noir, Syrah
RECOMMENDED WHITE VARIETIES
Macabeo, Xarel·lo, Parellada, Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscatel de Alejandría, Malvasia or Subirat Pariente, Gewürztraminer, Albariño
AUTHORISED WHITE VARIETIES
Albariño, Small-grape Moscatel
Maximum output: 120 hl wine / ha Plantation density: 1500-4500 vines / ha Maximum yield: 75 l juice or wine/ 100 kg grapes Alcohol content (% vol.): White: 10.5-14.5 Red: 11-14.5 Rosé: 10.5-13.5 Quality sparkling: 10.8-12.8 Traditional liqueurs: 15-22 Lightly sparkling: 10-12.5