31/7/2011 - Del Duero al fin del mundo - Los vinos de la Ribera pueden encontrarse en cien países de los cinco continentes.

Wineries of the Ribera del Duero
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(soon to be posted in English)
12/7/2011 - Los Ribera del Duero coronan, de nuevo, la lista de 'The Wine Advocate', de Robert Parker - La publicación que dirige el influyente crítico vinícola global, Robert Parker, ha hecho públicas las puntuaciones otorgadas a 187 vinos de Ribera del Duero. De hecho, 106 Ribera del Duero han recibido calificaciones entre los 92 y los 90 puntos, y 25 han sido puntuados por encima de los 95.
Geography of Ribera del Duero
Located on the elevated northern plateau of Spain the Ribera Del Duero region is spread over the southern plains of Burgos province and extends in a westward direction to Valladolid spilling over to parts of Soria and Segovia in the east and south of the area. Closely following the River Duero for around one hundred and fifteen kilometers in an upstream direction, the region is concentrated at younger expanses of the river passing through the regions of Toro and Rueda prior to reaching Portugal's famous wine producing areas, Duoro and Porto, at which point the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The Ribera Del Duero has close to two hundred wineries covering an area of twenty thousand hectares of vineyards, producing wines of all qualities.

Soils & Climate of Ribera del Duero
As far as the soil is concerned, it’s a mix of sand consisting of silt and clay which alternates with layers of chalky limestone. With moderate to low rainfall (in the region of 450mm annually) the Ribera Del Duero is subject to an extremely changing climate which consists of dry summer month temperatures rising to 40 °C followed by severe winters which see a fall as far as minus 18 °C. Although each season has a clear variation in temperatures, the climate is Mediterranean and in the period of one year, the area can expect to enjoy more than 2400 hours of beautiful sunshine.

Grape Types of Ribera del Duero
Tinto Fino, the local name for Tempranillo, accounts for the main production of wine in this region and it is a very well liked favourite in Northern Spain. In smaller quantities Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot are grown in order to be blended with the Fino, but it should be noted that the renowned Tinto Pesquera mentioned earlier grown by Alejandro Fernández in Pesquera de Duero is made from one hundred percent Tempranillo grapes.

Similar to Rioja, Ribero Del Duero wines are intense and produced as extremely long lived wines although, of course, their flavours are clearly distinctive from each other due to the differences in terrain. With several growers from other regions continuing to show a great deal of interest in the Ribero del Duero region, this is leading to the wines produced here becoming increasingly popular. The region continues to win many prestigious awards at international wine fairs acknowleding the high quality red wines of Ribera del Duero.

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