The wines vie with Rioja in terms of status. Similarities are the domination of Tempranillo (known by the local name Tinto Fino) and emphasis on ageing – using the Rioja criteria for Crianza, Reserva etc..
Ribera del Duero
Spain - Ribera del Duero
Ribero del Duero lies north of Madrid alongside the Duero river which flows through Rueda and Toro into Portugal. Their red wines compete with Rioja for the recognition of being Spain’s most prestigious. It has been an ‘up and coming’ region since Vega Sicilia achieved its phenomenal success. It’s DO status dates from 1982.
The differences: even the young ‘Joven’, have a full, forceful style typical of the regions traditions and many producers have embraced a more modern approach to wine packaging than their Rioja counterparts.
Many new wineries have started up with innovative outlooks producing excellent wines, but unfortunately reflected in their price.