Before flowing into Portugal and giving life to the legendary port, the River Duero runs through the ancient kingdom of Castilla through a landscape of cereal plains and vineyards, broken up by the silhouette of medieval castles cut out against the intense blue of the sky.

On its Spanish side, the Duero more than justifies the privileged position it holds for the production of exceptional wines. Its mists cling to and caress the clusters of grapes, giving the wines that blend of vigor and delicacy which characterizes them.

The origin of today's wines from Castilla and Leon can be found with the monks of Cluny, who came to the Iberian Peninsula along the Santiago route. They brought with them the vines that would give rise to the magnificent Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) variety, basis of the Ribera del Duero's finest wines.

If the Ribera del Duero region has approached quality Spanish red wine from a new angle, a process which is being closely followed by Rioja-- almost the same can be said of the whites in Rueda. Rueda's wines from the Verdejo variety, rediscovered by the Bordeaux savant Emile Peynaud, are among the most attractive ones in the country.

The reds from Toro are just now starting to show their true potential and are proving to produces wines with immense power and concentration. The same is true, though at a more modest level, for the wines made from the Mencia grape in Bierzo, or the clarets, Bordeaux-like wines from the emerging region of Cigales.


Bodegas Campos Goticos (Ribera del Duero)

Bodegas Jaro (Ribera del Duero)

Bodegas y Viñedos del Sayago (Rueda)


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