Ribera Del Duero Wine Region Guide

"Unveiling the Soul of Spanish Wine: Embark on a Journey through Ribera del Duero


Last updated: December 8, 2023


Spain’s most opulent and intense red wines are made in the broad valley of the Duero River and its tributaries. Vega Sicilia provided the initial proof that very fine wine could be produced in this corner of Castilla y Leon, planting Bordeaux varieties in the 1860s. The resulting wine was a world apart from Rioja: deeply colored and powerfully structured.

Yet until the late 20th century, few oenophiles were minded to give Ribera a second glance. That all changed in 1975 after Alejandro Fernandez electrified the market with his first vintage of Pesquera. This powerful and penetrating expression of Tempranillo greatly impressed US wine critic Robert Parker and fame inevitably followed. In 1982, the Alvarez family purchased Vega Sicilia, and, as fortune would have it, the zone was awarded DO status that same year. Back then, there were just 24 estates in the wine-growing business; today, over 300 firms are now producing Tempranillo wines of intense aroma, color, and flavor. Here, in the old stomping ground of El Cid, you’ll discover some of Spain’s most memorable bottles.

Wine Map of Ribera Del Duero Region

Ribera del Duero Wine Region Map
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