The town and province of Valladolid are located in the heart of Castilla y León, one of Spain’s largest wine regions which covers a broad spectrum in terms of cultural and geographical heritage: the majestic regional capital, the extensive flatland area of Tierra de Campos, the deep green landscapes of Tierra de Pinares, areas steeped in history in every corner of the Montes Torozos and an abundance of castles and monasteries in the Duero-Esgueva region. This is a unique area extending over 8,000 km2 with diversity woven into its fabric and one common denominator: vineyards.
Wine is part of the genetic make-up of the region, with vineyards covering 22,000 hectares. This is the largest area under vine in Castilla y León, home to numerous wineries and embracing a total 106 localities around which the region’s five appellations congregate: Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Cigales, Toro and Vinos de la Tierra de León, along with PGI Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla y León. All of this factors into its rich tradition of winemaking and epitomises the expertise of its wine growers and winemakers, both of which are showcased through its wine tourism activities and wine routes – all of them certified by ACEVIN, the Spanish association for wine towns.
Hosting the 2017 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Valladolid is a unique way for the area to turn the spotlight on Castilla’s wine heritage. The one-of-a-kind event promotes the interests of wine consumers, witnessing first-hand the major trends within the world of wine. Over the years, it has become one of the major showcases for the world’s finest bottlings.