Villanueva del Ariscal is a town in the Aljarafe region, famous for its winemaking tradition. Its fields are covered with gorgeous grapevines from which the best wines in the area are made. Walking through its streets, you will come across century-old wineries and taverns that retain their past flavour.
At the end of August, have fun at the Festividad de la Vendimia –an event eagerly awaited by the locals– and enjoy the pisá, the traditional grape-treading. Be sure to come for the blessing of the year's first batch of wine. This event typical of Villanueva del Ariscal has been declared of National Tourist Interest.
Take in the atmosphere created by its cheerful and welcoming people, who will make your visit an unforgettable experience. Try some of the typical local dishes, such as la tostá con huevo and carrillada. Admire its historical heritage, including valuable sculptures by Sevillian artists such as Juan de Mesa and Montes de Oca.
Villanueva del Ariscal is one of the municipalities that are part of the Mosto Route. Come and discover this land of wine, whose essence is embodied by the region of Aljarafe.
To get there by car from Seville, take the A-49 motorway and exit towards Gines via the A-8062 road. Continue until you reach the A-8076. Cross through the town of Espartinas and take the Villanueva del Ariscal road to your destination.
If you are travelling by train from Seville, the local C5 Cercanías line stops at Villanueva del Ariscal-Olivares station. To get to the town, you can either take a taxi, bus lines 102B and 102A, or use the bike lane.
Alternatively, travel by bus and take lines 166, 167, 102A and 102B run by the Seville’s Metropolitan Transport Consortium.
Discovering Villanueva del Ariscal on foot or by bike is a true pleasure.
Start your visit at the Parish Church of Santa María de las Nieves, located on Calle Servando Arboli. The church is home to valuable paintings and Baroque sculptures by Sevillian artists, such as Juan de Mesa and Montes de Oca.
Nearby is the Plaza de España, the town's centre, where the Town Hall is located. From there, explore the century-old taverns. Among the oldest are El Melao; El Mellizo, which still has a yellow clay floor; and El Coco, where the pisá grape-treading tradition has been revived.
On Calle Nueva is one of the town's traditional wineries, Vinícola del Aljarafe. However, if you would like to visit the oldest one, go to Calle Santísimo Cristo de la Vera Cruz. There, in the old Hacienda Pata de Hierro, is Bodegas Góngora. Founded in 1682, there is still a beam from its original wine press that has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.
To end your visit, head to the 18th-century Shrine to San Miguel –another important local building– and home to an image of the local patron saint, the Immaculate Conception.
Villanueva del Ariscal is 17 kilometres from Seville in the Aljarafe region. Two streams, Arroyo de la Paz and Arroyo del Duque, flow through the municipality.