The Ribera del Duero DO Wine Region of Spain was the first to open up the red wine making potential of the Duero Valley, ahead of Toro, and somewhat significantly it has grown to rival the La Rioja Wine Region of Spain in terms of prestige and reputation providing a welcome diversity at the top end of the Spanish wine spectrum. The success of Ribera del Duero Spanish wines is due to the Tempranillo grape, which is used almost exclusively by producers to make reds with various ageing credentials and rosés. The main focus in the region is however, oak aged wines of a very high calibre which are capable of many years of ageing. The vineyards of Ribera del Duero Spanish DO are sited to the north and south of the River Duero which runs from east to west though its centre. There are two main towns in the area - Aranda de Duero where most of the vineyards are located and Peñafiel which features a castle where there is a very interesting wine museum. There has been significant replanting in the Ribera del Duero Spanish DO region since the late 80s and nowadays a modern and very professional approach has been taken to vineyard management and harvesting, which was vital to achieve quality in view of the challenges caused by spring frost, hail and autumn rains. A significant factor where quality is concerned is the high altitude of the vineyards - most of them are located at 750-800 metres above sea level. There is therefore, a wide variation in temperature especially during the summer, when it is not unusual to reach 35˚C during the day and as low as 12˚C at night during August which encourages the vines to rest and favours grapes with lively acidity and concentration. Substantial investment in upgrading or completely new bodegas has also taken place at a fast pace since the Spanish DO of Ribera del Duero was established. Gravity flow is a common feature to ensure careful handling of the must and the highest possible quality. Winemakers use a combination of American, French and other European oak barrels. Ribera del Duero Spanish DO Wine Region of Spain Principal Red Grape Varieties: Tempranillo (Tinto Fino or Tinta del País). Others: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha Tinta Discover some of our private wine tours which explore this area : Private Luxury Wine Tours Our travel agency creates private and high-end wine, culinary and cultural tours around Spain, Portugal and SW France - with the emphasis on a personal touch. We understand that everyone's idea of the 'perfect' package is unique which is why we work with you to customize your unforgettable experience. Contact us to receive a quote for your private customized wine tour of Spain, Portugal and SW France