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The Ribera del Duero Wine Region in Castilla y León, Spain

The Ribera del Duero wine region is located in the Castilla y León area of North Central Spain and is one of several recognised wine-producing regions to be found along the course of the River Duero.

Before achieving its D.O. status in 1982, there were only 9 wineries in the region and growers sold grapes to co-ops with the wine then sold off in bulk. However, a small group of winemakers saw the potential for the area and so, determined to promote the quality of their wines and enforce regulatory standards, they applied for D.O. recognition. Today, the region is home to 270 wineries and some of Spain’s most sought after and lauded wines and, although it is a relatively young appellation, it is considered one of the world's most prestigious wine regions.

The vineyards of Ribera del Duero stretch intermittently for over 70 miles along the River Duero and are planted on a combination 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 (also known as Tinta del País or Tinto Fino) that define the superb, complex red wines of Ribera del Duero.

Most of Ribera del Duero's wine production is red, with only a modest quantity of rosado produced. No white wines are allowed under the DO.

The same DO rules govern Ribera del Duero's barrel-aged styles as they do for Rioja: Crianza wines are aged for two years before release with at least one year in oak barrels; Reserva wines must be three years old with at least one year spent in oak and, finally, Gran Reserva wines must be five years old before going on sale, with at least two years spent in barrel. The young (joven) unoaked red wines, called Roble, tend to boast a moreish, vibrant, bramble fruit while the best oak-aged styles of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva show intense, generous fruit, overlaid with notes of vanilla and sweet spice, and wrapped up in polished, elegant tannins.

 

 

 

Aalto 2018

From £32.00 - per bottle
One of the most desirable wines produced in Ribera del Duero... Read More...

Bodegas y Viñedos Alnardo Psi 2018

From £27.95 - per bottle
A superb, organic, old bush-vine, Tinto Fino from Peter Sisseck and his team... Read More...

Cillar de Silos Joven de Silos 2020

From £13.75 - per bottle
Unoaked Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, perfect served alongside Spanish Tapas Read More...

Cillar de Silos Crianza 2018

From £20.00 - per bottle
100% Tempranillo from Spain's Ribera del Duero region perfect with spring lamb Read More...

Áster Crianza 2015

From £21.00 - per bottle
Award winning Tempranillo from Spain's Ribera del Duero... Read More...

Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Peña Roble Joven 2018

From £14.50 - per bottle
The Peña Roble range made by Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel offers award winning... Read More...

Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Origen de Resalte Crianza 2017

From £22.75 - per bottle
Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel is an award-winning boutique winery specialising in wines produced... Read More...

Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Resalte Vendimia Seleccionada 2017

From £17.75 - per bottle
The youngest, freshest and most original wine in the Resalte portfolio... Read More...

Áster Finca el Otero 2016

From £36.00 - per bottle
A succulent, rich and powerful Tempranillo of the highest pedigree... Read More...

Aalto Pagos Seleccionados 2018

£80.00
One of Ribera's very best and a beacon for Spanish reds globally... Read More...

Finca Villacreces Ribera del Duero 2016

From £29.00 - per bottle
Described by Robert Parker as “the hidden jewel of Ribera del Duero"... Read More...

Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2014

£130.00
Could 2014 be the finest vintage of this mini-PIngus ever?... Read More...

Finca Villacreces Pruno 2018

From £17.00 - per bottle
Hailed as the best Spanish wine under $20 by Robert Parker... Read More...

Aalto Pagos Seleccionados 2018 | Magnum (150cl)

£170.00
One of Ribera's very best and a beacon for Spanish reds globally... Read More...

Dominio de Pingus Flor de Pingus 2012

£115.00
The second label of Dominio de Pingus one of Spain's most sought after wines... Read More...

Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Peña Roble Reserva 2012

From £24.00 - per bottle
The Peña Roble range made by Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel offers award winning... Read More...