Ribera y Rueda transcend the typical wine country destination. It’s an unprecedented cultural experience, steeped in the majestic heritage and inspiring grandeur of Castilla y Leon. Anchored by its namesake icons of castles and lions, an excursion through these two regions winds you through hundreds of medieval castles and historical city centers.
The vines here have been producing Spain’s #1 selling white wine (Verdejo) and prominent red wine (Tempranillo) for over a century. The extreme temperatures and high altitude present a climate that belies its fertile nature, as both regions have been crafting remarkable wines for travelers for over a thousand years.
The wine region of Ribera del Duero, two hours north of Madrid, is home to more than 300 wineries and 2,300 labels, all of which have an almost singular focus: the tempranillo grape. Ribera del Duero is the origin of the most exclusive red wines in Spain – and these reds are rich, luxurious, and romantic, crafted in reverence to the castles of the region.
A 100-mile journey on the A-6 north from Madrid, Rueda is a vast expanse of lime-rich alluvial soils. The prime grape of the region is Verdejo, producing Spain’s #1 white wine – whites that are graceful, majestic, and feminine…just like the ever-present lioness.
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THE SECRET INGREDIENTS
Flavor Profile: Ripe, Muscular fruit flavors, structured with lively acidity, dark cherry, blackberry bramble, dried fig, vanilla and cassis create complex wines with aging structure
Spicebox: Includes black pepper, rosemary, sage, mushrooms, dark chocolate, anise, smoke, white truffle, piquant, umani-rich rotundone-dominant spices and with age – depth in forest, baking spices and leather
Regulatory Councils implement rigorous control processes that have the back labels on the bottles a standard of excellence. D.O. Ribera del Duero was officially named Designation of Origin by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture in 1982.
Flavor Profile: Ranges from elegant, graceful wines that are aromatic with citrus, stone fruit, lively acidity and white peach. Lees-aging combined with oak give bottle aging potential to young wines.
Spicebox: Highly aromatic herbs, perfumed, sharp, citrus-like spices, thai basil, turmeric, dill and corianderwhich always combine well in vinaigrettes and punchy sauces over soft proteins and elegant fats.
Regulatory Councils implement rigorous control processes that have the back labels on the bottles a standard of excellence. DO Rueda was officially named Designation of Origin by Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture in 1980,
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