Folding sails in the windmills of Don Quixote.
Folding sails in the windmills of Consuegra.

Visiting the windmills of Don Quixote is an unforgettable experience.

Much more if they are grinding or adjusting the candles. The blades of the mills work just like the sails of a sailboat.

The wonders of our country

I am very fortunate to have been born in this country and I can have seen the windmills of La Mancha.

Probably you have read the book of Don Quijote or simply you know what it is about.

When  I was 10 or 12 years old they made me read it in school. And I did not understand a word. I did not understand what they said or what was happening. I was a city boy to whom the story of a gentleman from La Mancha came very far.

And I turned years and I grew up and I traveled around the world. And I thought that we had to go far to see extraordinary things. And so I did. I went very far and I came across wonderful things in different parts of the world. And I enjoyed it because there is nothing like traveling and enjoying the five senses.

And wine appeared in my life and its stories. I discovered that I loved stories. In the wine sector, they tell incredible stories. I realized that the stories they told me were much better if I heard them with a glass of wine in my hand. Began to discover my own country showing to close friends and relatives. I got amazed myself about what I was found in very different places.

Now I am dedicated to showing those places to foreigners and it is for me an unspeakable pleasure to do it with people who see it for the first time.

And I discover that after having traveled all over the world that my own country, Spain, gathers authentic jewels.

One of them is the visit to the windmills of La Mancha.

The windmills of La Mancha

It happens in this country in many things that have to be accepted when they are admired in the whole world so that the Spaniards themselves begin to recognize that we have an extraordinary country.

I have gone many times to the windmills of La Mancha, the typical landscape of our country. And I have my reward. My reward is to see things that others do not see and have only to imagine. Because some things do not happen very often.

The windmills are no longer used for grinding. There are many more efficient systems to do it. Much of the charm of the mills is that they are part of a past that is no longer. But it is a past that one can understand much better seeing this marvel working. The mills of La Mancha usually operate once a month to the delight of visitors. And that if there is a windy day. So, the probability of seeing it working is not high.

And one can have the luck to see it working but not see how they put the candles or take them out as if they were a boat, or folding candles as we do in this case. Because in this way one has less to imagine things. You do not have to listen to how things worked. One or can do something much better. One can feel that this happens without needing to be told. And one grows the hair on the arms of emotion.

And you understand perfectly that Don Quixote was not crazy. Why did they say he was crazy? Because he thought the mills were giants? You know what? I also think they are giants. Come to experience with your own eyes and tell us what you feel. 


And if you do it with us in our Don Quixote Wine Tours, we probably do it in a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine in your hand.

We will wait for you here

Written by

Ignacio Segovia

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