Ribera Del Duero Wine

This region is located within Castilla y Leon and runs along the Duero River. The area concentrates mainly on red wines starring Tinto Fino (a.k.a. Tinto del Pais, a.k.a. Tempranillo). This is customarily blended with indigenous Garnacha and other Spanish-grown French grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Merlot. The only white grape produced is Albillo, which is mostly consumed locally. 

The area has been producing wines for many centuries, since the Roman era. Up until the 1970’s, bodega Vega Sicilia hogged most of the spotlight until the 1980’s when Alejandro Fernandez and his bodega Pesquera gained attention, with others cult favorites like Pingus and Abadia Retuerta soon to follow. Now the region consists of a mix of traditional wine-making to more modern experimentation as well as accessible, quality table wines. 
 
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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Grand Noir

    Grand Noir de la Calmette or Grand Noir is a red grape created in 1855 by French grape breeder Henri Bouschet at his ...

  • Furmint

    History of the grape: Exact details of Furmint’s origins are a bit murky. It is known that Hungarian King Bela IV ord...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Verdejo

    History of the grape: Verdejo has existed in the region for centuries, thought to have first been planted by the Moor...

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  • Bodegas Protos

    The company's rapid growth brought about the problem of lack of space for the first time and the ...

  • Condado de Haza

    Alejandro Fernández discovered an abandoned hillside on the banks of the River Duero in the mid-1...

  • Valdubón

    The vineyard is located in the northern plateau of the Iberian Peninsula on the banks of the Duer...

  • Bodegas Arrocal

    In 2004 we finished constructing our premises in Gumiel-A Winery with the latest technical develo...

  • Bodegas Reyes

    Bodegas Reyes was founded in 1994 by Juan José and Luis Reyes with their father Teofilo as Techni...

  • Finca Villacreces

    Finca Villacreces benefits from its unique location where vineyards, woods and the tranquil ri...

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Ribera Del Duero on Snooth

  • Hey everybody - I just came back from my trip, so a quick update is in order. ... all-day group tour through Ribera del Duero. But- the day before I got an email from the tour agency canceling because they didn't have the minimum number of people. I had pretty much decided I'd just self-tour around Madrid. But then my business meetings in Fran... Read More

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  • Correct name? ... corrected my misspelling of Ribera del Duero.  Seems right to return the favor.)D, good point about that cherry cola taste.  Why manipulate genes when there are so many other ways to manipulate wine already?  Which include chaptalization and acidulation. Apparently, the Bordeaux growths ought to include sugar beets on their in... Read More

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  • I was a wine drinker, then a beer drinker in college when I was in a bit of a ... be stocking up on Rioja and Ribera del Duero again.  Many of those wines may taste "sweet" because they have lots of fruit up front, but they are usually made dry, that means no sugar left unfermented.Welcome, Darking, hoping you'll keep hanging around!  Great to... Read More

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  • A quick update: after contacting several tour companies, I now have a variety ... ... I also have options for Ribera Del Duero, with the benefit of getting picked up at my hotel in Madrid and sleeping a couple extra hours. I'll figure out which one I'm going to do, but appreciate very much everyone's excellent insigh Read More

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  • The more I think on it the more I conclude that Valencia needs more time. Is ... history, culture, too.  Ribera Del Duero, depending on who you can get in to see and taste with, can definitely knock your socks off. It might just be the better call on this quick turnaround visit...Both are definitely NOT possible in one day, and I think you mis... Read More

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  • So Greg, I'm pretty ignorant about Bobal, Utiel Requena and Valencia's ... it.Fallback could always be Ribera del Duero I suppos Read More

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  • Jumilla, Alicante, Rioja and Ribera del Duero are all within reach of Madrid as well- though Valencia may work better with regards to transportation timing.They seem to all have wine tourism web sites up, with lists of wineries that can be visited. Perhaps that would be better than a packaged tour that stops at 2 wineries.Narrowing it down.Thank... Read More

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  • Didn't bother mentioning Madrid as a base because a) that's talking ... ... Madrid? Forgettabout it. Ribera del Duero is much closer but Valencia still seems the smaller, more accessible area and easier to cope with. And it'll likely be warmer, too. I'd start talking first with #3 (intothevineyard) and see how customizable a visit could be mad... Read More

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  • Callejo Tempranillo 2007

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  • Maybe we need to start a thread about making vinegar.  I'm a ... ... pretty well: I learned about Ribera del Duero and Priorat on great inexpensive bottles (Scala Dei--every wine they made--for under $14 per), but there are bad streaks, too.  At one point I have about 5 750ml bottles vinegaring on the kitchen counter.  Still, when you consider... Read More

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