Ribera del Duero wines

Highly acclaimed wines with a great balance between complexity of aromas and finesse on the palate

Ribera del Duero wine is one of the most prestigious wines in Spain. Red wines made with Tinto Fino variety grapes, with highly complex aromas, fine on the palate and with a great storage capacity. The wines of Ribera del Duero present a perfect balance between the vividness of the fruit and the refinement of the wood, which has led to them obtaining a well-deserved international acclaim.

History and location

Ribera del Duero is located in Castilla-León, in the north centre of the Iberian Peninsula, and it extends for a long stretch of about 100 kilometres along the banks of River Duero and it passes the provinces of Soria, Burgos, Valladolid and Segovia.

It is believed that Phoenician traders, 1000 years before this era, introduced the most advanced techniques of growing grapes to the area.
A few centuries later it was the Romans who came to cultivate these vineyards with the aim of supplying the wine to their armies.

In the late Middle Ages, around the tenth century, and the cleric hand, is when they started to expand the Ribera del Duero wine. The monasteries multiplied, and with them, the culture of wine growing throughout the country.

In the twelfth century, monks from the Cluny Abbey, in France, began to make their own wine in Valbuena de Duero. In the thirteenth century they began to regularly harvest and the first wineries began to appear in villas. The wine became a key for both culture and economic development in the area. Production increased, local commerce intensified and the market extended to all of the Kingdom of Castilla.

During the fifteenth and eleventh centuries they began to control production and quality of the wines produced in the area, however they were still rustic wines.
It was the second half of the nineteenth century, when the Lecanda family founded a winery on the banks of the River Duero which over time has become legendary. From imported varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Malbec it managed to produce exceptional wine. Vega Sicilia.

In 1898 phylloxera reached the Ribera del Duero, a great plague that caused a major economic crisis which was a costly recovery.

In the 70s, another name would mark the history of the production in this area. Alejandro Fernández founded the Bodega Pesquera. His wine had the same name and it rapidly became one of the most iconic wines produced in Spain.

In 1982 Ribera del Duero got its deserved recognition, becoming a Denomination of Origin.
Many vineyards were replanted and many wineries appeared, from cooperatives, family businesses or large wineries that started investing in the technology of wine making.
Since then it has refined the production of winemaking to reach international recognition which is enjoyed in the D.O. today, thanks to the aromatic, soft and velvety wine.


Character: grape, soil and climate 

Ribera del Duero is nestled in the northern plateau of the Iberian Peninsula, at an altitude between 750 and 1,000 metres, following the course of the River Duero. The vineyards are located close to the banks of the river. It is generally an undulating terrain, formed by tertiary sediments of a clay nature, although there is some limestone in the area that is higher and further away from the river.

Ribera del Duero has a continental climate with extreme temperatures ranging from warm summers with sudden temperature changes during the night, to very cold winters. Autumns are generally cool, with moderate rainfall and spring frosts are frequent, delaying the sprouting of the vine.

Ribera del Duero has a high brightness, with nearly 2,500 hours of sunshine annually to ensure the perfect ripening of the grapes.
The reigning variety of grape in the Ribera del Duero is the Tinto Fino, it is called this in the Ribera del Duero and it is known as Tempranillo in other areas of Spain like La Rioja. The Tinto Fino variety occupies about 60% of the vines planted in this D.O. It is perfectly adapted to a variety that offers a great acidity, allowing the development of elegant and well-structured wines.

International varieties are also cultivated like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha Tinta, as well as the white grape variety Albillo.


Leading wineries in Ribera del Duero


Two historic wineries should get a special mention from Ribera del Duero, as they were among the first to settle in the area.
The first is Vega Sicilia. A reference not just in Spain but throughout the world, creator of wines like Vega Sicilia Único, Valbuena or Pintia.
Pesquera, another historic winery, with its wonderful Pesquera Crianza and Reserva. Ribera del Duero has many other great wineries like Bodegas Aalto, Emilio MoroBodega Arzuaga or prestigious and well known Dominio de Pingus.

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Aalto PS 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the most sought after wines from the Ribera del Duero
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$80.08

Aalto 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the great wines of the Ribera de Duero
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$40.28

Finca Los Guijarrales 2020

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A natural single-variety Graciano from Ribera del Duero
Finca Los Guijarrales 2020
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$23.48
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Finca Valdeolmos 2019

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Mature Tempranillo with a spark of freshness from the Albillo
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$35.59
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Finca Los Quemados 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A fresh, sweet and natural Ribera del Duero red wine
Finca Los Quemados 2021
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$24.76
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Vega Sicilia Único 2014

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Reaching perfection
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$429.39
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Finca Viñas de Arcilla 2018

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A sublime amalgamation of fruit and oak.
Finca Viñas de Arcilla 2018
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$36.49

Viña Mayor Reserva 2018

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

The Premier Wine from Spain's First Master of Wine
Viña Mayor Reserva 2018
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Viña Pedrosa Reserva 2019

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A powerful and full wine with great character and lengthy
Viña Pedrosa Reserva 2019
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$31.37
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Alcorta Roble Ágil 2022

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A fruity Tinta del País with a touch of barrel
Alcorta Roble Ágil 2022
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$6.83

Pesquera Crianza 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Faithful portrait of the Ribera del Duero
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$17.82
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Valdehermoso Crianza 2020

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

An Endearing and Passionate Ribera
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Parajes de Callejo 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Authenticity of unique landscapes
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Viña Vilano Crianza 2020

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Distinctive Character and Typicity of Ribera del Duero
Viña Vilano Crianza 2020
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$12.00

Arzuaga Crianza 2020

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A red wine from Ribera de Duero that is expressive and deep with lots of nuances
Arzuaga Crianza 2020
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Aalto 5 Liters 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the great wines of the Ribera de Duero
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$293.82

Aalto 3 Liters (Jeroboam) 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the great wines of the Ribera de Duero
Aalto 3 Liters (Jeroboam) 2021
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$162.62

Aalto Magnum 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

One of the great wines of the Ribera de Duero
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$75.49

Pícaro del Águila Magnum 2021

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A Ribera de Duero wine with an excellent balance between fruit and wood
Pícaro del Águila Magnum 2021
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$81.84

Pícaro del Águila 2022

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

A Ribera de Duero wine with an excellent balance between fruit and wood
Pícaro del Águila 2022
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$29.24

Corimbo I Magnum 2015

Spain D.O. Ribera del Duero (Castilla y León)

Expressive, fine and elegant
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