Rioja fans, watch out for Ribera del Duero
June 30th, 2005
On my recent trip to Spain a friend introduced me to the wines of the Ribera del Duero region. This region is located in the north-west central Spain on the banks of the river Duero, around the cities of Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid. Wines that have been produced there lately are becoming hugely popular among Spanish wine drinkers (that makes prety much the whole of the population). I must admit I enjoyed it as much as my favourite Riojas.
The wines are made of Bordeaux grape varieties as well as the local ones, Tempranillo and Garnacha. The top vineyard of the region, Vega Sicilia, produces the “Unico” which is reputedly the most expensive wine in Spain.