History - Cariñena

Century After Century, Cariñena Has Led A Charmed Existence.

A prized winemaking region since the Roman era, Cariñena is the heart of Aragon in northeast Spain, bordered by France to the north, and Catalunya to the east. In 1415, King Ferdinand I of Aragon proclaimed his preference for wines from Cariñena over all others. This is the magic of D.O.P. Cariñena.

Cariñena History Timeline

50 BC

50 BC

Romans establish the villa of Carae, later called Cariñena.

1415

1415

By royal proclamation, King Ferdinand I of Aragon declares a preference for Cariñena wines “above all others.”

1585

1585

King Philip II of Spain is welcomed to Cariñena with “free-flowing fountains of wine.”

1696

1696

Quality controls initiated in Cariñena. Growers adopt The Statute of the Vine to monitor yield and designated vineyard areas.

1863

1863

Phylloxera begins in Europe. Within 20 years, nearly 90% of European vineyards are decimated. Largely unaffected, Cariñena emerges as a destination for vintners in refuge.

1909

1909

King Alfonso XIII of Spain awards Cariñena a city charter for their growers’ role in helping European vineyards recover from the phylloxera blight.

1932

1932

Cariñena is the second wine region in Spain named an official “Denomination of Origin.”

1944

1944

Bodegas San Valero is established.

1953

1953

Bodegas Paniza is established.

1997

1997

Grandes Vinos y Viñedos is established.

2012

2012

Cariñena launches the “Vinos de Piedras” (or “Wines from Stone”) awareness campaign. Export demand reaches an all-time high, with 15% growth to 48 countries.

2015

2015

Garnacha made in the style of Cariñena is named “The Next Great Grape.”

2016

2016

Wine Enthusiast Names Cariñena a Region to Watch

2018

2018

The First Global Garnacha Summit Takes Place at The CIA at COPIA in Napa, CA, resulting in the launch of the Global Garnacha Summit Road Show