Ribera del Duero
The Ribera del Duero is blessed by a combination of terroir, microclimate and a native grape that gives superb, complex red wines. At this altitude Tempranillo (also known as Tinta del País or Tinto Fino) gives thin-skinned and refreshingly acid fruit, which in turn gives wines that are delicious when they are young but also have the capacity to age into magnficent Gran Reservas.
The Ribera del Duero - meaning literally the Duero´s banks - is located in south-eastern Castilla y León, where the upper reaches of the Duero, running from east to west, have cut a broad channel in the high meseta. The main towns are Aranda de Duero, Roa de Duero and Peñafiel.
The DO´s principal variety - the Tempranillo also known as the Tinta del País or the Tinto Fino - is planted in 85% of the vineyards. There are five other authorised varieties. Three of them, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet-Sauvignon, are historic fixtures.