Fancy to know more about worlwide vinegrowing regions?
Do you remember our post about Sonoma Country? We continue traveling through vinegrowing areas and the next stop is Ribera del Duero, in Spain. 115 kilometers of riverbank where wines are as unique and inimitable as the environment that surrounds it. In the last 30 years, Ribera del Duero has risen up to challenge other regions like Rioja for the crown of Spain’s greatest wine region. Ribera del Duero wines can best be compared to Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley. This is thanks to those rich and bold flavors, but tend to be more refined, more balanced and less overpowering oak.
Named Wine Region of the Year 2012 by Wine Enthusiast, Ribera del Duero is located in the country’s northern plateau, around the younger stretches of the river Duero. The climate of the Ribera del Duero area is characterized in by moderate rainfall and it is exposed to extreme climatic conditions. This is dry summers with temperatures of up to 40 ºC and long, hard winters with freezing temperatures.
Just like Sonoma, Ribera del Duero reflects in a perfect way how the special conditions of an area can define unique wines. In the growing season, the high daytime temperatures are combined with considerably cooler nights. This is a condition that assists in the optimum accumulation of aromas and other chemical compounds, like phenolics, in the grapes.
Unique grapes and wines full of aromas and tastes
Alternating layers of limestone, marl and chalk under silt and clay topsoil add complexity and character to Ribera del Duero wines. This combination of soils shape a particular terroir full of microorganisms. This generates unique grapes and wines full of aromas and tastes.
A grape of magnificent quality is collected in autumn. The maximum production per hectare accepted by the regulations is 7000 kilograms. Wines produced in Ribera del Duero derive almost exclusively from red grapes: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha Tinta. Albillo grape is the only white variety grown. There are more than 1200 wineries so you will definitely find your new favorite wine among this wide variety!
But Ribera del Duero not only offers great wines, but it is also a dream destination for those who like visiting inspiring landscapes and tasting unbeatable gastronomy. It is time to book a trip and get ready for excellent wines in one of the places to go in 2018 recommended by The New York Times. Furthermore, at WineSeq we are collaborating with many wineries from the area to delimitate its biomap. You can’t miss it!