La Garnacha-Campo de Borja wine route
Nightfall on the La Garnacha-Campo de Borja wine route
Barrels in a wine cellar
This route runs through the wine-producing area of Campo de Borja, which boasts its own Designation of Origin, in the foothills of the Sierra de Moncayo mountains in the northwest of Zaragoza, Aragon. This is a land that is known for two star products: wine and oil. Its geographic location conditions its climate, and gives rise to three types of grapes: cabernet, merlot, syrah and garnacha. These varieties grow on a plain swathed in vineyards and olive and almond trees, where you can see ancient garnacha vines, themselves an invitation to taste these wines so lovingly produced in historical wine cellars or in small family-run wine presses. These attractions are all accompanied by the delicious local gastronomy and the guarantee of eight centuries of winemaking history.
Wineries on the route.
- >Bar Parri
- >Pagos del Moncayo Winery
- >Crianzas y Viñedos Santo Cristo Cooperative Winery
- >Bodegas Ruberte Winery
- >Wine Museum
- >Bodegas Borsao Winery
- >Santo Cristo de Magallón Cooperative Winery
- >Bodegas Aragonesas Winery
- >Bodegas Bordejé Winery
- >Café Piedra
What are the wines like?
The area along the route produces a modest yield, but it is particularly well regarded thanks to the structural and aromatic complexity of its wines. It is endorsed by its almost eight centuries of experience, and of the 5,000 hectares of garnacha vines, over 2,000 are aged between 30 and 50 years old. There are three main areas. The lower area is home to spur- and cane-trained garnacha vines, and its wines are warm, strong and highly aromatic. The middle area is distinguished by having a greater concentration and density of vineyards, and its wines are more complex, intense, structured and fleshy. The higher ground produces fine, subtle and elegant wines.
What will I find?
The route is also a chance to visit the Cistercian monastery of Veruela, the Borja Designation of Origin Wine Museum, ancient Jewish quarters, Mudéjar towers, Romanesque shrines, Arab irrigation channels, and Iron Age settlements. What's more, the area of El Moncayo is famous for its wild mushrooms, and is also the site chosen by numerous birds to make their home. There are a number of attractive observation points throughout the area with views over the mountains, and visitors can also enjoy activities like hiking, mountain bike, riding, mountain climbing, or rock climbing and paragliding, to name just a few. And lastly, all along the route you'll find a range of comfortable accommodation options, restaurants serving traditional food with a modern twist, and family-run wineries where you can enjoy tasting wines made from the garnacha grape from Campo de Borja.
How to get there
It is located about 60 kilometres outside the city of Zaragoza and can be reached on the N-122 main road that links Soria with Zaragoza, or on the AP-68 dual carriageway that connects Zaragoza, Navarre, the Basque Country and La Rioja. Zaragoza is very easy to reach thanks to the AVE high-speed trains and the city's airport.
There are a total of 16 municipalities associated to this route, and all of them are in the province of Zaragoza. These are Ainzón, Agón, Albeta, Ambel, Bisimbre, Borja, Bulbuente, Bureta, Fréscano, Fuendejalón, Magallón, Maleján, Mallén, Pozuelo de Aragón, Tabuenca and Vera de Moncayo.