Visiting one of the wineries in the area and tasting the best wines.
GUIDED TOUR TO REQUENA, WINE ROUTE WITH DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN
An immersion in the world of wines with Denomination of Origin. Discover one of the lands that offers the best wines that your palate can taste.
Origin of Requena
Requena has its origin in the 7th century B.C., in the Iron Age. Remains of later Iberian and Roman settlements have also been found.
Later, the Muslims who gave the town the name of Rakkana (the Fort, the Segura) settled here.
With the conquest of Valencia by King Jaume I the Conqueror, the city passed into Christian rule. However, instead of becoming part of the Kingdom of Valencia, it will belong to the Kingdom of Castilla thanks to an agreement with Alfonso X el Sabio. Its location as a border town between the two kingdoms gave it an important strategic role in trade.
During the 18th century Requena experienced a period of splendour thanks to the silk industry, being the fourth most important silk centre in Spain.
From the 19th century onwards, Requena underwent a great transformation thanks to the cultivation of the vine and the improvement of communications and transport such as the railway.
Requena, wine route with Denomination of Origin
To speak of Requena is to speak of wines. In fact, Requena is one of the municipalities with the largest area under vines and the largest wine production in Spain. Wine production is its main economic activity. In this area, wine is the real socio-economic flow.
The winemaking tradition of the area dates back to the 7th century.
Its School of Oenology, founded in 1961, was one of the first oenological schools in Spain.
These are very special wines, with Denomination of Origin, highly valued all over the world thanks to the climatic and geographic peculiarities in which they are developed. The main grape variety they grow is the bobal.
Guided visit to some of the best wineries in Requena, to learn about the cultivation and winemaking process with D.O. Utiel – Requena. Walk through the winery’s vineyards and its different facilities with tasting of some of its best wines at the end of the guided tour. It will be very interesting to analyze how the wine industry in the area has evolved, as well as to learn about the new agricultural techniques that allow for organic wines of the highest quality.
In addition to tasting their wines we can also combine it with a tasting of traditional embutido of Requena. And it is that the gastronomy of this town is like the Castilla one in which they emphasize forceful plates derived from the pig like the traditional morteruelo. Its sausage is very well known: longaniza, morcilla, perro, güeña, salchichón, chorizo y sobrasada. Its Regulatory Council for Artisan and Quality Embutido from Requena is the only one in Europe that covers these seven products. This butcher tradition dates back to the 15th century.
Guided tour of the historic centre of Requena
A walk through its streets with our guided tour of the historic center of Requena will help us to know its past through its neighborhoods:
- Barrio de La Villa, identified with the Muslim city, declared a National Historic-Artistic Site, is the oldest neighborhood of Requena where the town was founded. Numerous monuments await us there, such as the Church of San Nicolás, the Church of Santa María, the Church of El Salvador, the Jewish quarter, the Tower of Homage and the Caves of La Villa. The latter are a must if you go to Requena. The 22 caves we found are from the Muslim period and extend through the basement of the Plaza de la Villa and adjacent houses. They were used as cellars, silos or even shelters during wartime.
- Las Peñas, the second oldest neighbourhood built after the expulsion of the Moors and the Christian conquest.
- El Arrabal, the modern area located in the old Jewish quarter.