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Castile & Leon (Ribera del Duero)

Castile and Leon (Ribera del Duero) wine Five zones of Castile and Leon DO: Ribera del Duero (DO status gained in 1982); Rueda; Toro; Cigales; Bierso. Ribera del Duero – Ribera del Duero name literally means “valley of the River Douro.” This river crosses the whole Castile and reaches Portugal. Once in the northern part of the plateau side by side two independent kingdoms – Castile and Leon (Castilla), now they constitute a single autonomous region in Spain – Castile and Leon. The composition of Castile and Leon includes nine provinces of Leon, Palencia, Burgos, Valladolid, Soria, Zamora, Segovia, Salamanca, Ávila. The first vines were planted here by the Romans, but the beginning of the history of the Ribera del Duero wine region is considered as the XI century, while most of the credit belongs to the local monastery. The vast majority produced in Ribera del Duero wines – red (there is also produced a small amount of pink wines). Young wines have an intense color with a purple hue, more seasoned reminiscent of ripe cherry blossoms. These wines – very “fruit”, they clearly felt the nuances of red fruit (raspberry), with time in this range can be distinguished flavors of coffee, chocolate, dried fruits … The wines of the best vintages require a long (sometimes up to 20 years) exposure and it is – another distinctive feature of the wines of the region. The plains of Castile, which lie north of the cities of Avila and Segovia to the side of an ancient kingdom Icon, crosses a small river Duero, which turns into affluent Portugal Douro. It was here, in the valley of Duero, between the upstream town of Valladolid and Aranda de Duero, originated the ancient tradition of winemaking. This was most likely due to the fact that the local population is suffering from thirst (in Valladolid, the capital of Spain XVII., Acted laws that strictly regulate the production and consumption of wine), and not because of the extreme continental climate, not very favorable for wine. At an altitude of 800 meters at night quite cold: in late August afternoon, the thermometer can rise up to 35 ° C, and at night drops to 6 ° C. Spring frosts – too frequent. The grapes are usually harvested in November. At such altitudes, the light is bright, the air is dry, and these qualities are transferred guilt. The wine is saturated, bright, fruity, with a special taste and aroma, it is not like the wines Rioja, which is located less than 100 km further to the north-east. Most of the vineyards located at an altitude of 700-800 meters above sea level. The climate is continental, slightly softened by the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, is characterized by a large number of sunny hours. However, the precipitation falls here quite a bit, and winter frosts are frequent. It is interesting that the majority of manufacturers are cultivated only one species – a kind of traditional Spanish Tempranillo, which is called the Ribera del Duero Tinto Fino and Tinto del Pais. However, Vega Sicilia wine producers are experimenting with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, and other manufacturers are also cultivated albilo, Garnacha, and some others, but the vineyard area allocated for these varieties, is quite small.

Cuisine regional gastronomy of the region is famous for its excellent meat and the best beans in Spain. Chickpeas were brought to Spain even the Carthaginians and still the product is actively used for food. There is also a very popular bread. Here he has a special meaning and baked unbeatable. Along with selected Hamon, famous beans and red pepper. One of the most interesting dishes of the region is Maragata Soup (Cocido maragato) – feed him during a dinner in reverse order. First served meat from the soup, then the vegetables from the broth, and in the end he broth. It’s worth a try roast suckling pig and lamb steak. We should not forget about the great fish dishes that area. One of the most popular – bacalao al ajo arriero (cod in garlic sauce). There is also serves traditional tapas (any appetizer), dos y pingada (fried eggs with ham), arroz a la zamorana (rice-samoranski) and sopa de ajo (garlic soup). Sweets include almendras garapinadas (almonds in sugar), yemas de Santa Teresa (sweets made of sugar and egg)

This region is represented by the following manufacturers:

- Bodegas Valduero