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D.O. Ribera del Duero

Although the winegrowing origins of the Ribera del Duero region date back to Roman times, it was not until 1975 that a group of local wine producers, aware of the huge qualitative leap they had taken in recent years, started giving serious thought to establishing a Denominación de Origen for the region’s wines. Wineries such as Vega Sicilia, Hermanos Pérez Pascuas, Protos and Torremilanos were among those that spearheaded the initiative, which materialised in 1982 and marked a before and after in the history of Spanish wine. Today, about to celebrate its 30th year of existence, the D.O. Ribera del Duero can boast of being one of the most important wine Denominaciones de Origen in the world. Although its wines are made in only four provinces (Valladolid, Segovia, Burgos and Soria), they know no frontiers thanks to the huge success they have enjoyed over the past two decades. New wineries continue to spring up following the guidelines established by their veteran counterparts, those which have made a Ribera del Duero wine easily recognisable on account of its special personality.

Climate and Soil

Climate of Ribera del Duero:

Continental climate with slight Atlantic influence, very cold winters and hot summers with marked contrasts between day- and night-time temperature, factors which are conducive to the slow ripening of the grapes and to acidity levels. Spring frost and hail are a threat to this region’s vineyards.

Ribera del Duero soils:

Soils are generally loose, infertile and with a fairly high lime content. They are made up of layers of silty and clayey sand.

Interesting Information

Vineyard hectares: 21.053 hectares

Annual production: 54.412.231 litres

Number of viticultors: 8.337

Number of wineries: 261

Domestic sales: 94%

Export sales: 6%

Regulation and Location

Regulatory council of the: CONSEJO REGULADOR DE LA DENOMINACIÓN DE ORIGEN RIBERA DEL DUERO Hospital, 6. 09300. Roa (Burgos). Teléfono 947 541 221. Fax 947 541 116.

Location: Castilla y León

Country: Spain

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