Bodegas de los Rios Prieto was only established in 2002 and has 45 hectares of vineyard with on average 25-year-old Tempranillo vines and a small plantation of Cabernet Sauvignon. These vines are found at various different locations with different soil types, making it possible to create unique and balanced blends on every occasion. The yield is deliberately restricted to about 5,000 kg per hectare, only about 50% of which is used by the bodega for its own wine production. The remainder is sold to other producers from the region: a clear choice for quality . Bodegas de Los Ríos Prieto make modern wines with an emphasis on fruitiness and concentration.
D.O. Ribera del Duero is located in central Spain some 100 km to the north of Madrid in the south of the Province of Burgos. Together with Rioja and Priorat this D.O. is considered a top region for Spanish wine. It is very hot here in the summer but as the location is at an altitude of between 700 and 850 metres, the temperature drops considerably overnight. These temperature fluctuations give rise to intense, bold and full-bodied wines, through slow ripening and an excellent level of acidity. The better Crianzas and Reservas are entirely suitable for cellaring.
Ribera del Duero is blessed with a combination of terroir, microclimate and a native grape variety from which excellent and complex red wines can be made. At this altitude, Tempranillo (also known as Tinta del País or Tinto Fino) develops refreshingly acidic grapes with thin skins, which make wines that can be enjoyed both young and as Gran Reservas. After being awarded D.O. status in 1982, many vineyards were replanted and all sorts of bodegas, ranging from small family businesses to large cooperatives and wine estates, began investing in modern winemaking technology. At the same time, families, which had previously sold their grape harvests to bodegas, established their own wineries, while the Consejo Regulador stimulated research and development projects ranging from automatised harvest quality controls to pesticide alternatives
This newly acquired common knowledge had an enormous impact on the quality of the wine, which is nowadays exported throughout the world. There is a wine museum in Peñafiel Castle and the Centro de Interpretación del Vino (a museum entirely dedicated to winemaking) in Aranda del Duero (Burgos).
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