THE HISTORY OF A LAND OFTEN CONQUERED
The plow discovers the chronicle of past times on the vineyards of Clunia. Coins and other traces of the Roman city that once thrived where today our vineyards grow can still be found. We still harvest by hand and collect the bunches in small baskets, just as Clunia’s Romans probably did over two thousand years ago.
The history of Coruña del Conde, the small town in which the cellar and vineyards of Clunia are sited, is closely linked to the history of the Roman colony of Clunia Sulpicia. In both places, the Romans built their colonies on previous Celtiberian settlements, the bigger of them being the city-state of Clunia on the hill called Alto de Castro. The convent capital of the Roman Tarraco province, which the Emperor Galba named Colonia Clunia Sulpicia, played a key role in the Romanization of Northern Spain and in general History. It is estimated that its population reached about 32,000 inhabitants, a flourishing bastion in Roman Hispania. More thorough information on Clunia can be found on the official website: www.clunia.es
Still today the splendor of the Roman colony can be admired in the mosaics and ruins of the forum, shops, houses, and the amphitheater that can be visited and from which some of our vineyards and small cellar are spotted. From the Alto de Castro, one realizes that the real value of this land is nature in its purest and most primitive state. The eye gets lost in a wide horizon of fields and clouds where villages are hardly distinguished in the distance or there are barely no signs of the hand of man other that the cereal fields or the vineyards. The background of this silent picture is depicted by the clouds, the wind, wild roe deer and the eagles that fly across some of the widest skies that you will have the privilege of enjoying in 21st Century Spain.
Also, in Coruña del Conde with its castle, Roman bridge and small churches, in the nearby Peñaranda de Duero with its 16th Century palaces and 15th Century Watchtower , as well as in Aranda de Duero, just twenty minutes away, the traveler can get lost in centuries of history and the flavorful typical Castilian gastronomy.