06 Nov The wine route by the Guadiana River
The rich Guadiana River was included in the route of wines of Spain last spring. It is one of the 21 routes that the initiative of Spanish cities of wine has started since 1994. Wine cellars, restaurants, hotels, commerce establishments and other enterprises are centralized in Almendralejo, beautiful city in the region of Badajoz.
Visitors may discover the rich wine culture of this land with designation of origin. It includes other land areas in the provinces of Caceres – Cañamero, Montánchez and Trujillo – and Badajoz, like Tierra de Barros, Matanegra, with Zafra and Bodión River, the high Rivera of Don Benito and La Serena and the low Rivera in Badajoz surroundings.
These lands offer varied landscapes, and a history reflected in the architecture and artistic legacy, with a great deal of country hotels to accommodate.
The heart of this route is the beautiful Tierra de Barros at the south of Badajoz, by the Guadiana River, with its center in Almendralejo, land of vineyards and olive trees. This village, in which Espronceda was born, has an Andalusia ambient with white houses and streets with monuments of relevant interest like Ermita de la Purificación and the Palace of Monsalud –the town hall nowadays – sited besides the Convent of San Antonio and The Ermita de la Piedad.
The wine is the real protagonist of this route. It starts in the Museum of Wine Sciences. It is the best way to know a culture that comes from the Roman times. Besides the museum there are some wine cellars where a taste of wines is offered.
The Wine Cellar of Extremadura includes a visit to a small museum. San Marcos Cooperative is sited in a vanguard building. Wine Cellar Sani , Santa Marina and Payva offer interesting visits to vineyards with an excellent wine taste in its wine cellars too.
This activity around wine is completed with the fantastic local gastronomy offered in excellent restaurants, where you will enjoy typical dishes ant the best products and wines of the land.
Wine cellars and shops where local wines and products can be acquired; terms like Balneario El Reposo, with modern wine and water therapies; Villafranca, “the music town” or Santa Marta de Barros, with an unique culture are worth seeing too.
Not only wine, but also cava, is produced in Almendralejo. It is the only village in Extremadura that makes this marvelous sparkling white wine that you may taste.
You can buy wines, cava and local products like acorn liquor, olive oils of high quality and olives with designation of origin in the city market, sited in a neomudejar style building.
There is a great deal of accommodation in this route, with beautiful country inns sited in natural landscapes of enormous beauty, wonderful for a short trip at any time.