History

THE WINERY

A SMALL RARITY IN THE MOST EXTENSIVE WINE REGION IN THE WORLD.

The Winery Campos de Dulcinea was founded in 1926. It is located in the heart of Spain, the most extensive wine region in the world, Castilla-La Mancha, to be more exact in the locality of El Toboso. A town in which the great wine tradition has always been passed on from fathers to sons. Therefore El Toboso has reached its excellent position in the La Mancha region being known by experts and professionals in this sector for years.

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Around 1980 a total of 20 wineries already existed in the El Toboso, a town of no more than 2,500 inhabitants. It is a clear sign that wine tradition has always been important in this town. What is characteristic about the Winery Campos de Dulcinea is the effort to improve their marvellous wines.

THE ORIGIN CAMPOS DE DULCINEA

A NAME WITH HISTORY Campos de Dulcinea, is a tribute to “Dulcinea” a woman who is worldwide famous from our beautiful town El Toboso. Everyone knows the fact that the name refers to the fantastic creation of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of the most distinguished knighthood novel of all times: “Don Quijote de la Mancha”. Dulcinea was the beautiful lady, who Don Quijote was crazily in love with. Given that our vineyards are located in “her” town, we call them in her honour “Campos de Dulcinea”.

THE WINE, A BRIEF LOOK AT ITS LONG HISTORY grape6

From many points of view, wine, conditions our life. Viticulture creates employment, it is an important economic factor and it is part of the cultural life.

Historical data under the reign of Philip II, in 1576, the King of Spain during the heat of the Cervantes era, shows us that vine cultivation was already well established. El Toboso produced at this time an average of 30,000 arrobas every year. In order to produce this quantity more than 600,000 kg of grapes were needed. This fact is remarkable because at that time only 60% of the land was being cultivated, and only 5% of it was designated to wine cultivation. El Toboso had at that time 900 neighbours.

Wine, 400 years ago, was a type of universal panacea: It was the nourishment of the poor, the aid of the wretched, the delicacy of the powerful, common medicine for many diseases and the ingredient of some magic potions, as can be recognized with the example of the Friar’s balsam in the story of Don Quijote. (This balsam cured all illnesses and its ingredients were wine, rosemary, salt and oil).

Cervantes was an expert on wine. He drank it and refers to it not only in Don Quijote but also in some of his other works.