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Ribera del Duero

Ribera del Duero´s long history of wine-production dates back to the Benedictine monks of the Middle Ages who introduced the Tinta del País or Tempranillo grape. The region was long known for fresh, crisp rosés or"claros" sold in bulk, but in the 19th century it became a source of long-lived reds with the establishment of the incomparable estate of Vega Sicilia. Today, Ribera del Duero´s Tinta del País vines grow at exceptionally high altitudes, on soils which are a mix of chalk, slate, alluvium, quartz, limestone and in a continental climate with bitter cold winters and just about 16 weeks of summer. The soils suit the grapes perfectly, but the climate calls for early picking and attentive expert handling in the cellar. Nonetheless Ribera del Duero produces some of the best and the most long-lived red wines in Spain and the former shadow of Rioja is now considered by many to be the epitome of Spanish red wines.

View the wines in Frontier's portfolio from Ribera del Duero.