News • January 9, 2019

Ribera del Duero is the Napa Valley of Spain

The tempranillo from Ribera Del Duero is a red wine lover’s dream. If you like Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, you will love the big, rich, bold red wines of this region. Ribera del Duero is located in the heart of the Duero River Valley, roughly two hours northwest of Madrid. The wine region didn’t officially come to be until 1982, when the Ribera del Duero  Denominación de Origen (D.O.) became official; however, wine has been produced in the area since at least the 8th century.

As such, Ribera del Duero is largely a modern creation, in sharp contrast to much of Rioja. The Ribera del Duero D.O. requires that wines be 75 percent Tempranillo, and the dominant custom of the region has been to age the wines in oak for a more New World-style wine. Now, the D.O. has grown significantly to include 270 wineries, and some of the dominance of oak seems to be waning.

In a recent story for The New York Times, the publication’s wine writer Eric Asimov profiles Ribera del Duero and tastes wines that represent the DO’s developing diversity.

“Clarete has largely faded away, though a few stalwart producers are maintaining the tradition. In its place came powerful red wines dominated by tinto fino, aged in barrels of new French oak, which offered the plush, extravagantly fruity, oaky cocktail wines that became popular in the 1990s.These wines are the modern face of Ribera del Duero. The wines received high praise from critics and found favor in the United States, where they often received top scores for their of inky potency.”

Read more on this region from Eric’s piece in the New York Times HERE

In addition to this piece, last year, the New York Times highlighted Ribera Del Duero in its “52 Places To Go In 2018” series.