Ribera del Duero VT: Revisited

GDP and Roger Kugler of Ribera del Duero discuss all that this magnificent region has to offer


The Ribera del Duero, one of Spain’s premier regions for producing top quality wine, has undergone a bit of a revolution over the past two decades or so. With a unique climate that sees a long, cold summer juxtaposed against a brief if torrid summer, producers need to work with great attention to detail to get everything just right each year.
If you ever wanted to know more about the wines of the region and the region itself our recent virtual tasting with top sommelier Roger Kugler was an event you shouldn’t have missed! But if you did we’ve produced a recap article including all the most pertinent details that we covered that evening. Check it out and learn more about this fascinating wine region!


Where are we talking about? Roger gives us some of the statistical details that sets the Ribera del Duero apart from any other wine region on earth. From the high altitude and weather, described by locals as "9 months of winter and 3 months of hell," to how things in the region began to turn around.

Start with Rose

Spain is the world's greatest market for rose wines, known as Rosados in Spanish. Even in Ribera one finds roses, and like all of their wines, save the elusive whites, even the Rosados must be 75 percent Tempranillo, and in fact most wines are 100 percent Tempranillo. There are very few places on earth where a single grape clone carries the weight, and delivers like Tempranillo does in Ribera del Duero.

East Side

We all geek out over terroir, but sometimes regions are so diverse and fragmented that our discussions get no where and prove nothing. In Ribera del Duero the 70 mile long and 20 mile wide appellation changes gradually and predictable from East to West and from closer to the Duero river to further way. Roger and I also finish up discussing the Montecastro Rosado.

Ferratus AO

A new project that represents the more modern edge of what's happening in Ribera del Duero, which is to say a bit modern, but firmly grounded in the history of the region. A wine assembled from many small plots of bush-trained vines, Ferratus is meticulously produced and an impressive wine that is only labeled as a Cosecha but outperforms many wines at this price point.


Ribera del Duero has a reputation built on power, based on the wines that made the name for the region based on reviewer's opinions. That style of wine is just one aspect of the region's stylistic pantheon. Today the wines from Ribera del Duero range from light Rosados all the way to the powerful reds we are all familiar with.

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