Did you know…that Aranda de Duero, the capital of Ribera del Duero, is home to the Interpretation Centre for Wine Architecture (CIAVIN)? It is situated beneath an 18th century building in a network of tunnels where inhabitants have made and stored wine since the middle ages. (The cellars were also used for celebrating the town´s fiestas!) CIAVIN recreates scenes from the history of wine, using sculptures, audio-visual materials, models and exhibits. And it’s free!
Although the Ribera del Duero established their D.O. status in 1982, winemaking in the region goes back for centuries. In fact, 16th and 17th century underground cellars where winemakers are still aging their wines today can be found throughout the region.
Did you know…Spain was just rated as the world’s healthiest country? The Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index ranks 169 economies according to factors that contribute to overall health including life expectancy and environment. Researchers say Spain’s Mediterranean diet (supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, seafood and nuts) may also help Spaniard’s health. We think it’s the wine! Read the article
Did you know… although the regions of Rueda and Ribera del Duero established their control boards (known as D.O.s or, Denominations of Origin) in 1980 and 1982 respectively, winemaking tradition in the region goes back more than 1,000 years. Fascinating! In fact, several wineries in the region have been operating for close to 90 years or more including Hijos de Alberto Gutierrez, Bodegas Balbas, Bodegas Protos and Alvarez y Diez.
Did you know…the regions of Rueda and Ribera del Duero face harsh climate conditions throughout the year? In fact, it’s what gives our grapevines their strength and character! Rueda sits 1/2 mile above sea level, where the extreme climate is cruel with cold winters and blistering summers. Temperature swings between day and night help the Verdejo grapes keep balance between sugar and acidity. The Ribera region, 70 miles along the River Duero, has a similar climate with a mix of different soils, exposures and elevations, creating optimal ripening conditions for the Tempranillo grapes.
Did you know… the regions of Rueda and Ribera del Duero are the home to eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Check out these amazing places: the earliest evidence of humankind in Europe at Atapuerca; the Gothic architecture of Burgos Cathedral; the old town and defensive wall of Avila; Santiago pilgrimage site; gold mining at Las Medulas; the aqueduct of Segovia; prehistoric rock art at Siega Verde; the ancient university town of Salamanca. Wines + classic sites = bucket list trip!