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Ribera del Duero: successful revolution undergone

 ruta del vino castilla y leon

Highlight of Ribera del Duero

The Ribera del Duero, is one of the most interesting regions that lying on the map. Many of its History, art, traditions, wineries, an exquisite cuisine, and a privileged natural environment needs to be checked as they are bits of a bigger offer that will strike the visitor.

In the Ribera de Duero Wine Route, the Wine Tourism goes much further than a visit to a winery. It is a broad set of integrated services, originality, diversification, and with the main advantage that we are far from massive tourism routes. Highlights include visits to villages and high quality wineries. The discerning traveler has a rich choice of activities, from visits to museums, exhibitions, and wine tastings. Since 2012, the wine tourism offer has gained a much professionalized touch tainted with significant innovation. 

Ribera del Duero wine route

The route of the Ribera del Duero Wine Route starts at the very heart of the Iberian Peninsula and Castille and Leon. The Ribera stretches along a landstrip not larger than 35 km. It has 21,000 hectares of planted vineyards.

The region doesn't claim it loud enough: Underground cellars  are everywhere to be found in many of the towns of the Ribera del Duero...It is just not visible out there on the surface, and you need to ask where are the entry points or have a knowlegeable insider. There are centuries of history excavated in the subsoil at a depth ranging between 9 and 13 meters and whose purpose was to store the wine and other products. Thanks to the constant temperature around 14 degrees throughout the year and a relative humidity that does not vary in excess due to the wattles and stairways, any product can be well maintained in this underground galleries also designed to block airflows.

The grapes are harvested on centuries-old land.  It is still common to observe handcrafted pruning and harvesting in the vineyards.

The route Ribera del Duero is located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula, in the middle of Castile and Leon. The river flows through the four provinces: Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid, along the Duero, the more on his loop as 100 villages interconnect.
It is virtually impossible today not to mention the DO Ribera de Duero in the wine landscape of Spain. Since the Consejo regulador (the Regional Wine authority) of the wine district was created in 1982 with 5 mainstream wineries onboard, over 200 can be counted in 2018. There is no other area in Spain that has been so much emulated with the same whopping development.

In this region, the wine is cared for, pampered as a infant.

What we like most: possibly an unforgettable gastronomy showcasing many traditional dishes based on roast suckling pig and suckling lamd. Lamb is the offspring of sheep; The places around the Ribera del Duero, particularly, Aranda de Duero, Medina del Campo, Quintanilla de Onesimo, Rueda, Toro, Zamora are probably the places where the visitor can be treated with one of the most tender and delicious meats. Special mention deserves the way meats are prepared. The cuisine of the Route has its own style: it is full ofmeaning. Your palate will be effective and overwhelmed with plentiful of savours. No excuse for not giving a go!

A timeless landscape

Despite a very rural, flat landscape with numerous flat top hills sunbathed by torching temperatures in daylight summer, we are genuinely intrigued by the unique quietness emanating from what you see, even from the unseen.
The spotlights cities of Castile and Leon Valladolid, Segovia, Burgos and Soria, then the smaller ones San Estéban de Gormaz in the east to Quintanilla de Onésimo in the west. 

The Duero valley's climate combines continental influences with extreme winter cold as well as other Mediterranean characteristics, such as hot and dry summers. In summer, the temperature variation can be insane over 24 hours, with a torching 42 Cº during the day and a freezing 4 Cº at night. It is actually that aspect that gives the strenght and structure to give some of the World most tannic wines.