The wine region of Cigales is located along the banks of the river Pisuerga, central to Castilla y Leon in the Northern region of Spain. Only awarded DO status since 1991, it is considered to be an up-and-coming Spanish wine region. Despite its relatively new Denominacion de Origen (DO) status, the area haslong been associated with wine production. Cigales supplied Valladoid and other cities with wine during the middle ages. The Relics of this can be seen through out the region as it is adorned with monuments, building and castles from this period. The main red grape varieties associated with the region are Tempranillo, Garnacha tinta and Garnach gris. White varieties include Verdejo and Albillo, however white wines from this region have only been in production since 2011. The Cigales DO has a continental climate- Long hot Summers but cold winters. Temperatures dropping below 0ºC during the winter which can lead to significant risks to the grap harvest during these cold months. This is juxtoposed by extreme heat in Summer months, with temperatures often reaching 40ºC! This heat ensures that Tempranillo (Tinta del Pais) and Grenache (Garnacha) varieties achieve maximum ripeness, producing the fruity lively and mostly dry wines the region is famous for.