Ribera del Duero Do: A Tradition
This area is characterized mainly by the rocky terrain near Arda de Duero. This wine region was crowned in 2012 as the Wine Region of the Year. If we look a bit into the history of Ribera Del Duero an important crossroads of Spanish history. Some surviving records of the winery are more than 2000 years and come from Roman times.
That Goes Back To The Roots of Spain
Local winemakers in the 17th century tried to add to the variety Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) some new tips of Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Ribera del Duero DO was founded on 21 July 1982 by an organization of wine producers and growers who were committed to promoting the quality of their wines. Reports that the status of Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) will be updated in 2008 have proved to be unfounded and since 2011 the status of DO has remained.
The Ribera Del Duero wine region is located near one part of the Douro River on the Spanish plateau where the four provinces of Burgos, Segovia (Madrid), Soria and Valladolid meet. The best vineyards lie at an altitude of 750 to 900 m above sea level. Others are located at the foot of the mountains and in the valleys. Ribera Del Duero is 120 km away. The conditions here are very specific. The climate is continental and Mediterranean, with more than 2,400 hours of annual sunlight. Winters are rough here with snow and strong winds. Summer is very hot with temperatures above 40 ° C. There are extreme differences between hot day and cold night, which helps to optimal ripening of grapes and maintaining acidity. There are simply not many such areas in the world.
Specific soil is also added to the specific climate. It consists of limestone deposits and clay, sand and drifts sand around rivers with fluctuating groundwater levels in the east and gypsum, chalk and limestone with trace elements in the higher vineyards in the north.
Bodegas Felix Callejo
A relatively young organic winery from the Ribera del Duero, lies at an altitude of 850 to 930 meters above sea level. High altitude causes temperature contrasts between day and night with fluctuations above 15 ° C.
They improve the ripening of grapes during the day, while low temperatures at night maintain good acidity. Soils contain a lot of limestone in high parts (930 m above sea level) up to sandy-loamy, sandy and pebble soil at lower altitudes. The vineyards are planted 100% of the Tinta Fina variety and are located in Sotillo de la Ribera in the province of Burgos.