Ribera del Duero
Read more about the Ribera del Duero Wine Region
Ribera del Duero is a relatively young wine region. Only a few decades ago, the wine region was unklown to the mayority of people, and only a few brands (mainly Vega Sicilia and Pesquera) were known to the mases. Wine production in the area goes all the way back to Roman times, but Ribera del Duero was only recognized as an official D.O. (denominación de origen) in 1982.
Since then, the region has experienced a revolution, and has become one of the most popular wine regions in Spain. Today, many people compare its bold wines to the wines of the Napa Valley, and wineries like Viña Pedrosa, Hacienda Monasterio and Pingus have experienced a worldwide recognition.
Location and climate of Ribera del Duero
D.O. Ribera del Duero is to be found within the region in central-northern Spain, Roughly 2 hours drive north of Madrid. Castilla y León, within the provinces of Burgos (60 municipalities), Valladolid (19 municipalities), Soria (6 municipalities) and Segovia (5 municipalities).
Variety of grapes in Ribera del Duero
In Ribera del Duero, the following red grapes are used:
- Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) - the wines must contain at least 75 % tinta del país to be recognized as Ribera del Duero
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Important wineries in Ribera del Duero
There are around 270 wineries in Ribera del Duero, here are a few of the most important ones:
- Bodegas Aalto. The Winery was founded in 1998 by Mariano García, who then had been working more than 30 years for Vega Sicilia. Best wines are Aalto and Aalto PS.
- Bodegas Pingus: owned by Peter Sisseck, one of the most talented wine makers in Spain. World famous for his wine Pingus, that is sold for more than 1000 Euros per bottle!
- Hacienda Monasterio: Peter Sisseck (who is behind Pingus) is external enologist here.
- Bodegas Hermanos Pérez Pascuas (also called Viña Pedrosa): the make the excellent Pérez Pascuas Gran Selección, one of the best of the wine region.
- Finca Villacreces: makes the wine Villacreces