Bold and powerful, the wines of Ribera del Duero are a unique expression of what is arguably Spain's greatest variety, Tempranillo. This is a region blessed with old vineyards and a long history of wine production, though many of the most familiar producers are relatively young operations. The fact that the region has only recently come of age means that traditions are loosely defined, allowing producers the freedom to explore what we would consider both traditional and modern wine making with little resistance from the marketplace.
For a wine writer, that means fewer preconceived notions about what a wine from Ribera should be, and as you can see from the various reports included in this article, that generated quite a bit of excitement and interest in the potential of these fine wines. Read on to learn more about the power and the glory that is Ribera del Deuro.