As Regulatory Council for the D.O. Ribera del Duero, our main duty is to guarantee the authenticity of the wines of this Denomination of Origin, reassuring the consumer that each bottle that bears a numbered back label has undergone rigorous controls before reaching their glass.
This is the final phase of the quality control duties that we carry out, which commence by monitoring the maximum yield permitted in our zone by regulations: 7,000 kgs of grapes per hectare; they continue with winemaking, ensuring correct use of the authorised varieties of grape, and that the drinks also pass a quality assurance process before reaching the market with the seal of our D.O. We also carry out intense generic promotional activities and we collaborate and carry out research with public and private entities for qualitative improvements in the vines and wines of the D.O. Ribera del Duero.
The ancient inhabitants of the region already knew it. This inimitable land produces something inimitable.
The art of winemaking in the Ribera del Duero.
The story of the Ribera del Duero has run in parallel with the union of vine and wine, the fruit of the varieties that stud its landscape, the personality of its people and their culture.
We have to go back no more than 2,000 years to find the first reference to winemaking in the zone: a Roman mosaic of 66 square metres, considered the largest piece bearing Bacchic allegories of the Peninsula, that was discovered in Baños de Valdearados during the grape harvest of 1972.
The Designation of Origin as we know it today, came out of the initiative of a series of vine-growers and winemakers wanting to improve the vineyards and wine quality of Ribera del Duero.
The first Minutes in the archives of the Regulatory Council date from 23 July 1980, from which date that Organism came into being with a provisional nature.
Two years later, on 21 July 1982, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food awarded the Designation of Origin to Ribera del Duero and approved its first Regulations.
From then, the implementation of new growing practices, the introduction of the most modern technologies into winemaking, and the rigorous control processes applied by the Regulatory Council, have made Ribera del Duero a synonym of quality.
Organisation chart of the Regulatory Councl
The members of the Regulatory Council's Board are:
- 1 Chairman(belonging to the wine-processing sector).
- 5 members from the producer sector .
- 5 members from the wine-processing sector .
- 1 representative of the Castilla y León Government
The terms of office are 5 years.
The Board may establish Committees to try to resolve specific matters within its remit.
The Control Body of the Regulatory Council for the Designation of Origin of Ribera del Duero is the Certification unit for this QWpsr. (((v.c.p.r.d.)))
The Certification Committee is made up of:
- 2 expert members in viniculture.
- 2 expert members in oenology.
- 2 representatives of the growers.
- 1 expert member on quality control.
Limits, constituent municipalities...
Municipalities of the D.O. Ribera del Duero
The Regulations of the Designation of Origin of Ribera del Duero and its Regulatory Council currently in force were approved on 1 December 1992 by Order of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
The Board of the Regulatory Council, during its ordinary meeting held on 3 August 2006, agreed to propose the modification of Article 11. The said modification was approved by the Agriculture and Livestock Minister of the Castilla y León regional Government in Order AYG/1633/2006, of 17 October, (CyL Official Gazette no. 206 of 25 October 2006) and ratified by Order APA/312/2007 of 25 January (Spanish Official Gazette No. 41, of 16 February 2007).
The Standards for Quality Assurance of Wines with entitlement to Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin were approved on 2 April 1996 by an Order from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry of the Castilla y León regional Government (CyL Official Gazette No. 82, of 30 April 1996).
The Board of the Regulatory Council agreed at its ordinary meeting held on 12 September 2008, to propose the modification of the contents of the third paragraph of letter b) Emplacement, of section IV. INITIAL RATING OF THE WINES, in this ORDER. This modification was approved by the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry of the Castilla y León regional Government in Order AYG/2131/2008, of 19 November (CyL Official Gazette no. 242 16 December 2008).
The Internal Rules on Brands, Commercial Names and Labeling were approved by the extraordinary meeting of the Council held on 20 March 1997 and ratified by the Directorate-General for Agrarian Industries and Rural Development on 16 July 1997, and as the consequence of later modifications, on 11 February 1998, 23 November 1998 and 22 March 2002.