Ribera del Duero’s 2021 Vintage Report – EXCELLENT


  • This year’s Exceptional Rating Committee was made up of ten prestigious opinion leaders representing the press, sommeliers, distributors, and winemakers from the Designation of Origin.
  • The Committee has done an in-person analysis of the wines made with the 2021 vintage grapes in an event that began, on Monday, May 9th at 10:30 a.m., and concluded with a press conference in which the Rating was announced.

Roa, 9 May 2022 – The Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero (Regulatory Council of the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin) has once again brought together a group of leading professional experts, who have formed an Exceptional Committee in charge of rating the 2021 vintage of Ribera del Duero wines and the quality of the grapes from the latest harvest.  

For the occasion, Ribera del Duero has gathered an Exceptional Committee made up of ten well-known national opinion leaders, including five renowned names in the wine sector—among them sommeliers, heads of wine selection in Michelin-starred restaurants, and opinion leaders on the national wine scene—and five winemakers with very different profiles, but with a great track record:

  • Ferran Imedio, founder of Gastronomistas.com and one of the people in charge of ‘Cata Mayor’, El Periódico’s gastronomy channel.
  • Laura Sánchez Lara, wine journalist for El Español and sommelier.
  • María José Huertas, sommelier at La Terraza del Casino**.
  • Nacho Martínez, head sommelier at Decántalo.
  • María Millán, winner of the XXIII Campeonato de Sumilleres de CyL, sommelier at Silken Hotel Villa de Laguardia.
  • José Antonio Fernández Escudero, winemaker and head of the Castilla y León Oenological Station.
  • Almudena Sancho, winemaker at Bodegas Vilano.
  • Rebeca Palomo, winemaker and winery consultant.
  • José Manuel Pérez, founder of Dominio de Calogía, consultant at Juve & Camps.
  • Xavier Ausás, consultant and founder of Ausás Bodegas y Viñedos.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., Monday, 9 May, the Exceptional Committee carried out a tasting of twelve wines (two whites, two rosés, and eight reds) representative of the Designation of Origin, which had been previously selected over the past few months by the Technical Department of the Regulatory Council of the Designation of Origin. The group of experts has carried out an analysis of these wines, based on their know-how and experience, to analyze the qualities of each of them at the present time and also their future potential when they reach the consumer.

Each of the members of the Committee gave their own personal ratings, which were delivered in a sealed envelope to the Plenary Session of the DO Regulatory Council. Taking into account these professionals’ criteria and the internal reports of the Board’s technicians, the Plenary Council decided to rate the 2021 vintage as EXCELLENT. 

The result was announced at a press conference held at the Ribera del Duero headquarters in Roa (Burgos) in the presence of the President of the DO Regulatory Council, Enrique Pascual, as well as the Exceptional Committee’s spokespersons, who assessed the wines made with the 2021 vintage in an event that was also live-streamed at https://www.somosespirituribera.com/.

In the words of Enrique Pascual, President of the Regulatory Council of the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin: “The 2021 vintage has been particularly good, offering juicy wines with a powerful color that are enjoyable in the mouth and intense in their expression. They will make great, strong, and long-lived wines with unlimited aging possibilities: exemplars of the best of Ribera del Duero wines. It is worth mentioning that, during this past harvest, an effective and pioneering self-monitoring system was implemented through the Bacchus website, an innovative solution that made data collection easier for the more than 300 wineries and their winegrowers that make up the DO.”

The official lunch was held at Bodegas Balbás, hosted by the Cobo Estratos restaurant, while the official dinner was held at the emblematic Michelin-starred Taller Arzuaga* restaurant. In addition, the sommelier Rubén Arranz gave a master class in wine tasting to the invited professionals, in which they were taken on a journey through the 40-year history of the Ribera del Duero DO.


The 2021 harvest campaign began on 3 September and lasted fifty-three days, until 26 October. A total of 109,906,490 kilos of grapes were harvested, making it the fifth-largest harvest in the history of this Designation of Origin. 

The wines of the 2021 Ribera del Duero campaign are surprising due to their expressive and rich range of colors, intense and vivid hues, with violet and very bluish tones. In the smelling phase, the tones coming from the sweet tannins and the black and red fruits at the perfect stage of ripeness stand out, together with mineral and floral notes.

Moving on to the tasting phase, we find a good balance between alcohol, acidity, and tannins, as well as a great, high-quality tannic potential, offering powerful wines with a long finish on the palate. In view of the wines produced, we can expect wonderful wines from this vintage, especially highlighting their great potential for aging.


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