The vineyards of Ribera del Duero stretch for over 70 miles along the River Duero. The region is home to some of Spain’s most sought after and celebrated wines and remains a relatively young appellation to have such prestige in the wine world.
Ribera wines are the purest expression of Tempranillo, Spain’s most important grape variety; big, bold and textured, but with plenty of rich, old-world sensibility. The wines are crafted to age, developing complexity over time, yet balancing acidity and flavors of fruit, they’re explicitly food-friendly wines to drink young.
The winemakers in D.O. Ribera del Duero combine traditional expertise with new technologies to define their individual style. A high proportion of the locals have always made some wine for their own consumption.
Wine tasting at renowned wineries such as Pago De Carraovejas or Bodegas Dominio de Cair and tour to the vineyards is the ideal way to experience this spectacular wine region. These sprawling lands feature a mix of different soils, exposures and elevations – some as high as a half-mile above sea level.
The semi-arid terrain, ample amounts of sunlight and extreme temperature swings from day to night create optimal ripening conditions for the Tempranillo grapes that define Ribera del Duero wines distinctive character.
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