The winemakers of D.O. Ribera del Duero and D.O. Rueda were locavore, artisanal, and sustainable long before those terms even existed. Their wines reflect an ancient tradition and a singular sense of place, yet have a timeless appeal that knows no borders.
Hidden in the high plains of Castilla y León in Northern Spain, the regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda possess an unusual beauty.
The landscape looks alternately like the beach, the desert or the moon. The climate is almost inhospitable to human life. But in these harsh conditions indigenous grapes thrive. In Ribera del Duero, Tempranillo — a hearty, thick-skinned version of its cousin in Rioja — survives scorching summers and frigid winters to produce bold red wines of incredible depth and structure. In Rueda, the vines of Verdejo grapes feed off the rocky soils to yield herbaceous, aromatic whites. Get Trade Materials Below: