Ribera del Duero is a Spanish wine region, located in the north central area of Castilla Y León not too far away (as the crow flies) from well known Rioja. Ribera del Duero DO (Denominación de Origen) is a small region that packs a big punch with wine lovers worldwide.
Wines are predominantly red from Tempranillo (Tinto Fino) grapes that are grown on silty limestone, chalky soils in very harsh climatical conditions (hot summers, cold winters, low rainfall). Some white wine is produced from the Albillo grape but is generally sold locally and little is exported.
Red wines must be 75% Tempranillo but are often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. 100% Tempranillo wines are also produced.
The area is very popular with experienced growers from other regions and is the home of Vega Sicilia - the world famous blend that is considered to be the benchmark for Ribera del Duero wine.