Spanish Duero & Portuguese Douro wines
A vast region with wines on their rise to stardom
This is the same river Duero that runs through Portugal, where it is called Douro. Both Ribera del Duero (red wines), Rueda (white wines), Cigales (white) and Toro (red wines) are situated in the same region, the historical heart of Castile and Leon, midway between the Cantabrian coast and Madrid, on a vast northern plateau of Castilla y Leon called la Meseta central, with high elevations ranging from 600 to 780 meters. A relatively short distance separates one district from the other. The climate is generally hot and dry during summer with an average daytime temperature of 25-32°C. However, summer temperatures drop considerably at night because of the Meseta’s elevation. The wines produced in the Ribera del Duero are famous for the late maturing of the grapes, a favorable condition for a great aging capacity. Ribera del Duero is home to one of Spain's flagship wineries: Vega Sicilia, and since recently has the one of the most luxury Hotel Monastery - Hotel Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine - probably the most ambitious winery investment project of the new millenium.