“Madrid, Madrid, Madrid…pedazo de la España en que nací.”
The tradition of the wines of Madrid dates back to the thirteenth century and its wine legacy reaches to our days ready to satisfy the most demanding palates of the capital and the rest of the world.
The D. O. Vinos de Madrid was established in 1990 and is the first Denomination of Origin associated with a capital of the world. It has three sub-zones perfectly selected: Arganda del Rey, Navalcarnero and San Martín de Valdeiglesias. These three zones, located in the southern part of the Community of Madrid, differ slightly in the soil used for growing vines and climatology, so that the final characteristics of their wines are different.
But first of all, let’s start with a bit of history …
Once upon a time … the wines of Madrid.
It is believed that their lineage arises from the presence of the Romans in the area, lovers of the vines and, above all, the drink obtained from its fruits. However, it is not known with certainty, until in the thirteenth century the first documents that ensure winemaking appear, in which it was intended to settle an agreement of distribution of a vineyard between monks and their feudal lord.
Already in the fifteenth century was such a production and recognition of this wine that the authorities were forced to establish protectionist measures. During the Golden Age and after the election of Madrid as capital of the kingdom there was an important economic development accompanied by some native wines in the rise.
The cultivation of the grapevine remained in growth despite the general impoverishment and demographic decline that was experienced during the later years. However, this expansion was halted by a plague of phylloxera that affected the vineyards of the area causing havoc in its production.
But the story did not end at this point, much less. After an important effort, the wines of Madrid have managed to recover in recent decades the attractive prestige that backed it in the past. They have been making a dent in important bars and restaurants as well as international exportation.
And is that the wines of Madrid do not leave anyone indifferent … They are cooler than an 8!
Why not dare to try them?
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