Áster | Ribera del Duero, Spain
A desire to produce a modern, contemporary wine from outside of Rioja led the team at La Rioja Alta SA to look towards the Ribera del Duero region. After intensive analysis, the areas of Anguix and La Horra were finally selected as the ideal locations for vine cultivation. In 1991, the first clay-loam soil vineyard was planted with Tinto del Pais (Tempranillo) at 2,490ft above sea level and the vineyard now covers 95 hectares.
In 2002 a state-of-the-art winemaking facility was built, which integrates naturally with the country home it shares. There is a spectacular production room with views of the vineyards and a cask hall with room for up to 4,000 French and American oak casks.
The Áster Estate produces a Crianza, and in the best years also produces a Reserva and the premium Finca el Otero red wines.