La Loba literally means 'the she-wolf'. The image represents the courage, passion and grit which the young wine-maker Ana Carazo applies to her wines and vineyards, day-in day-out.
The bodega is located on the border of the D.O., next to the hamlet of Mantaza de Soria, in the Province of Soria. The historic vineyards here show their respect for mother nature. Ana's basic principles are simple: winemaking following the traditions of simplicity, modesty and respect for nature. The age of the vines (up to 150 years, pre-Phylloxera), the location of the vineyards, the dry, continental climate and the poor, rugged soil of the Soria region, determine the character of these Riberos that are at once bold and subtle.
D.O. Ribera del Duero
D.O. Ribera del Duero is located in central Spain, 100 km north of Madrid. Together with Rioja and Priorato this D.O. is considered one of the best regions for Spanish wines. With altitudes of 700 to 850 metres, cold winters and warm summers, and strong temperature fluctuations between day and night, the grapes ripen slowly and develop excellent acidity. These Crianzas and Reservas are wines absolutely suited to ageing.
Ribera del Duero is blessed with a combination of terroir, microclimate and a native grape variety which allows outstanding and complex red wines to 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. A wine museum has been set up in the Castle of Peñafiel in addition to the Centro de Interpretación del Vino (a museum dedicated exclusively to viticulture) in Aranda del Duero (Burgos).
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