Spain to Portugal
From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, from beach to beach with plenty of mountains and plateaus in between - away from highly frequented holiday beaches, we focus on the country in the middle. A historically and culturally important part of Spain, with lively villages, small & large towns - all the way to the Portuguese regions.
Up here on the plains surrounded by mountains, along the rivers, where viticulture is also at home, the search for the wineries begins. We would like to experience the art of winemaking and above all, we want to enjoy it. The route leads along the Duero to Portugal, through the red wine growing areas and ends where white wine is at home, in the north-western parts of the border region between Spain and Portugal.
The region – Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero is a wine-growing region in the autonomous province of Castile-Léon, about 120 km north of the central mountains of Spain. The region has determinedly advanced its winegrowing in the last decades, also in organic cultivation. With over 23,000 hectares of cultivated land at 750 to 1000 metres, Ribera del Duero is nestled on a highland in climatic extremes that can be described as very special within Europe. Spain in the context of wine, the first thought inevitably touches Rioja, cultivated in the region of the same name, a little further north. However, we stay south along the Duero River, which connects with Portugal. The region has been inhabited for thousands of years, even the Romans were already there and left a road, probably contributing to the affinity with viticulture.
The Tempranillo grape variety, Spain's finest grape and most important red wine variety, is at home here. The winegrowers in the Ribera del Duero know their craft, they succeed in what elsewhere seems rather rustic. We found the pearl of a red wine by chance, the wine impressed and what we learned about the winery no less.
We will be presenting both shortly - stay tuned...