Vineyards in Extremadura. ©Ruta del Vino Ribera del Guadiana.
The Region of Extremadura is located in southwestern Spain, bordering with Portugal, and comprises two provinces: Cáceres and Badajoz. The region has a total area of 41,634.5 sq kilometers / 16,075 sq. miles, The capital city is Mérida.
Extremadura has one Designation of Origin for wine, the DO Ribera del Guadiana, covering areas in the two provinces (Cáceres and Badajoz) that are close to the Guadiana river. Ribera del Guadiana is one of the youngest DOs in Spain, it is synonymous with modern, high-quality wines that have developed their own character. The region’s wineries have invested heavily in cutting-edge technology over the last few years. This has enabled them to produce fruit-driven wines and offer extraordinary value for money.
Both native and well-adapted foreign varieties are grown. Garnacha, Graciano, Malvar, Mazuelo, Mencía, Monastrell, Montua, Moscatel, Pardina, Parelleda, Pedro Ximénez, Perruno, Tempranillo, Verdejo, and Viura, as well as such international varieties as Cabernet Sauvignon.