Roa (Castile-Leon)

Roa (Castile-Leon)

Max. Summer temp. : 42 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: -20 ºC
Average rainfall: 460 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,400 hours annually

Ribera del Duero DO

The Ribera del Duero is blessed by a combination of terroir, microclimate and a native grape that gives superb, complex red wines.

At this altitude Tempranillo (also known as Tinta del País or Tinto Fino) gives thin-skinned and refreshingly acid fruit, which in turn gives wines that are delicious when they are young but also have the capacity to age into magnficent Gran Reservas.

In the wake of the DO's creation in 1982 many vineyard sites were replanted and bodegas of every kind, ranging from small family operations to large cooperatives and single-estate bodegas, began to invest in modern winemaking technology. At the same time families who for generations grew and sold their grapes to bodegas have been building their own small wineries and the Regulating Council (Consejo Regulador) has been encouraging research and development projects ranging from computerized harvesting checks to alternatives to traditional pesticides.

This newly acquired collective expertise has made a huge impact on the quality of the wines, which are now exported right around the world. There is a wine museum in the castle at Peñafiel and a Centro de Interpretación del vino en Aranda del Duero (Burgos).

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Ribera del Duero
C/ Hospital, 6
09300 Roa
Tel.: +34 947 541 221

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Ribera del Duero PDO

Area under vine
22,040 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
750-1,000 m.
Soil types
32 different soil types. The Ribera del Duero is located on the great northern plateau of the Iberian Peninsula . It is formed by an enormous smoothened base and is partly covered by tertiary sediments. Most of these sediments consist of gently lenticular layers of silty or clayey sand. Of particular note are the alternating layers of limestone and marl and even chalky concretions.
Principal grapes (w)
Principal grapes (r)
Tempranillo (Tinta del País or Tinto Fino), Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Garnacha.
Maximum crop
7,000 kg/ha
70 %
Production 2013
95,271,532 kg
Production 2014
122,324,673 kg
Production 2015
88,801,706 kg