The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Ribera del Duero

This region is home to perhaps the most famed and acclaimed Spanish wine in history, the incomparable Vega Sicilia. Indeed for the better part of the twentieth century, Vega Sicilia was the single most expensive wine in Spain and, largely, the country’s major claim to fame on the international market. It wasn’t until 1972 that other winemakers began to creep into the region, but now the Ribera del Duero is home to a wealth of fabulous Tempranillo based wines that consistently garner critical acclaim throughout the wine world. The climate here creates a more robust expression of the grape than typically found in Rioja - with deeper concentration, more tannin, and darker fruits.
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