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La Herra, Fuentemolinos, September 2007


Ribera del Duero

It is almost incomprehensible that the most symbolic wine in Spain, Vega Sicilia, survived and flourished within this region at a time when the vine was virtually disappearing from the landscape. Modern Ribera del Duero emerged in the 1980s and it is now one of the most important appellations in our country, a pioneer in the re-emergence of Spanish viticulture.

Ribera del Duero is all about Tinto fino or Tinto del país, which produces intense, deeply coloured, full-bodied wines. High altitude vineyards are cultivated in an austere, almost moor-like landscape with narrow valleys based on sand and limestone soils. The harshness of the climate requires heroic dedication on the part of the grape grower. Frost is a constant threat for the harvest in May and September.


  Having studied the phenolic profile of Tempranillo in Rioja, Telmo and Pablo decided to compare it with Tinto fino. Vega Sicilia allowed them to monitor the ripening of the grapes in their best vineyards. The marked differences in the thickness of the skins caught their attention and, after a few years of monitoring, they decided to produce their own Ribera del Duero wine. Typically, their Ribera del Duero vineyard is an old, classic site that had been abandoned. Their interest in this appellation is heightened by the mixtures of soil types it contains, in great contrast to Rioja, where a mixture of varieties is grown on a more homogeneous terroir.


Sotillo De La Ribera, September 2007


Alto De Matallana, Roa De Duero, September 2007