Ribera del Duero is located in the north-west of Spain, in Castila-Léon, along the Duero River, which is called Douro in Portugal and world-famous as the port wine cultivation area. The Ribera del Duero is the upstart and at the same time a classic among the wine-growing regions of Spain. For decades, the first-class reputation of the area was based one single winery: Vega Sicilia . In the 1980s, new wineries spring up like mushrooms, and some got similar fame as Vega Sicilia, like Tinto Pesquera and the Pingus by Peter Sissek. At present almost 21,000 hectares are planted with vines in the Ribera, which share nearly 180 wineries.
Most of the wineries of the Ribera del Duero produce modern Tempranillo wines , which are based on Bordeaux rather than on the traditional Vega Sicilia style with its very long barrel ageing, although here the cultivation drawings Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are common, although not all the winery are useing them. However, their juicy, opulent wines still have a fresh and classy structure, which has led the international wine criticism to euphoric ratings, at the forefront: Robert Parker , which triggered the Ribera boom.