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Meet Ribera del Duero
A surprising and singular natural setting has delighted in offering us unique conditions. Unexpected and extreme contrasts that, joined to the work and skill of our people, have created an exceptional grape.
This is how the miracle happens in the Heart of the Duero. 115 kilometres of riverbank where wines as unique and inimitable as our environment are crafted.
Climate, soil and geology
The specific climatological conditions that characterise vine-growing in the Ribera del Duero have a great influence throughout the vegetative cycle of the vines, playing a fundamental role in the development of the plant and ripening of the grape. To a great extent, the quality of the drinks obtained depends on those special conditions.
The climate of the Ribera del Duero area is characterised in broad terms by moderate to low rainfall (400-600 mm average annual rain) that, together with its dry summers and long, rigorous winters and sudden temperature changes throughout the year, is of a Mediterranean type whose primordial feature is continentality.
The Ribera del Duero is within the great northern meseta of the Iberian Peninsula, made up of a a large, ancient plinth scored and partly covered by Tertiary sediments. Most of the volume of these sediments is made up of more or less lenticular layers of silty or clayey sand, and the alternation of layers, both of limestones and marls and even of calcareous concretions, is a notable feature.
The river basin, formed during the Miocene, displays gently rolling horizontal levels limited by differential erosion, and today converted into peneplain. The relief of the zone ranges between interfluvial zones with peaks of 911 metrres, and valleys from 750 to 850 metres in altitude.