A tour thought for the wine lovers. We propose you going from Madrid to Paris, enjoying each one of the typical wines of the areas where our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains run. A good glass of wine enjoying the majestic landscape you will see travelling high-speed through Spain and France: do you have any better plan?
Madrid: Vinos de Madrid DO
Although we know that vineyards were in the area in the Roman period, the wine culture with designation of origin (DO) in Madrid was born in 1990. At present, more than 1 million bottles are exported every year and small winemakers make high quality wines.
Zaragoza: DO Cariñena, DO Calatayud, DO Somontano
Aragon is a land of DO wines as traditional as Cariñena, Calatayud and Somontano. The Cariñena DO is located in the Ebro valley and covers about 16,000 hectares of vineyards, being specialized in the Garnacha grape, used in red wines.
The Calatayud DO consists of 13 cellars and about 8,000 hectares with red wines with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah and white wines with Macabeo.
The Somontano DO is located in the area of Huesca, near Barbastro and its 4,500 hectares of vineyards provide red wines with Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, though its white wines are made with Macabeo and White Garnacha.
Tarragona: DOC Priorat
The Priorato area is one of the most important areas in Spain that produces wine. Its steep terrain and its climate enable the winemakers to produce excellent red wines with different varieties of garnacha and cariñena grapes. The DO of the area is Qualified, the highest distinction in the sector. It has an extension of about 8,000 hectares.
Barcelona: DO Penedès
Vineyards in the Penedès
The Penedès wine area is famous to be the best producing cava in the world, and for its White wines. With about 28,000 hectares, its almost 300 cellars make a wide range of sparkling and white wines, even if they now also produce more and more red wines. The boom of organic wine has also contributed to the production of wines with this kind of crops.
Figueres: DO Empordà
Vineyards in the Empordà
Wine in the Empordà dates back to the Greek period and its more than 2,000 hectares of vineyards produce many rosé, fruity and fresh wines. One of its most typical varieties in the area is the Garnacha wine with the straw grape technique: the grapes are left on the straw before the pressing.
Perpignan-Narbonne: AOC Languedoc-Rosellón
Some vineyards in the Languedoc-Roussillon region
Known as "Amphitheater that looks at the see", the Languedoc-Roussillon area is shaped with mountains and plains that border with Catalonia, the Mediterranean sea (the bay of Leon), and the French regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Rhône Alpes, Auvergne y Midi-Pyrénées. The Languedoc-Roussillon is the French hope concerning winemaking as, thanks to its development and potential, it is the biggest producer of wines in the country, overtaking famous areas like Bourgogne and Bordeaux.
Lyon: AOC Beaujolais
Vineyards in the Beaujolais area
Beaujolais wine area is located in the north part of Lyon and has more than 20,000 hectares of vineyards, being one of the thickest plantations in the world. The most used grape is the Gamay, being used in 98% of the production of fresh and slightly fruity red wines. The area has 12 designations of origin and it is a must visit for winelovers and winemakers.
París: Clos Montmartre
Vineyards in Montmarte
It may be surprising but in the middle of the city, grapes are cultivated to make the Parisians’ own wine. In Montmartre neighborhood, near the Sacré-Cœur, there is a small plot of 1,500m2, where the Clos Montmartre is produced. Every October, a party is organized, where Parisians and tourists can take part in the harvest.
Coming back home, you still have in the palate all the nuances and flavours of the wines you have been able to taste during your wine journey through Spain and France, discovering all its varieties. However, you cannot wait before repeating it or, why not, a gastronomic tour? You choose, we take you there.