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Ruta del vino de Ribera del Duero

En el norte de España, la Ruta del Vino de Ribera del Duero transcurre por Burgos, Segovia, Soria y Valladolid, acompañando al río Duero en su camino, formando un corredor que une a más de 100 ciudades a lo largo de sus 115 kilómetros de longitud. Las más de 900 etiquetas que llevan el sello de La Ribera del Duero representan a los 8.000 viticultores y más de 270 bodegas dedicadas en cuerpo y alma a los viñedos en esta importante región vinícola.

The Ribera del Duero Wine Route runs through inland Spain, crossing four provinces of Castilla-León (Burgos, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid). Time and the bounty of nature have given the whole area an exceptional soil for the cultivation of vines. A climate marked by contrasts that alter the normal course of the vineyards, giving them a character and strength that makes them unique.

Ribera del Duero is a fairly young Designation of Origin, but in its scant 30 years of life as a D.O. it has grown to become a reference for quality wines in Spain. Praised and recognized by experts, it occupies a place of honor in the world wine market.

But travelers won’t only find wineries here: history, art, traditions and gastronomy, in a privileged landscape, are also part of this fascinating route.

Ribera del Duero Wine Route has a length of 115 kilometers, along the river Duero, crossing “the Old Castilla” in a corridor over 100 towns. The wine route covers a total of 21.000 hectares of vineyards that produce almost 50 million liters of wine each year.

The Ribera del Duero Route is blessed with a unique combination of soil, microclimate and a native grape (the Tempranillo grape) that produces magnificent and complex red wines. This local variety is typical of the Ribera del Duero area and endows these wines with the colour, aroma and body that make them so special. In addition to Tempranillo, the Regulatory Board allows other varieties: red grapes such as Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha Tinta, and the only authorised white grape, Albillo. These six varieties of grape give these wines a unique and unmistakable flavour and strength, and guarantee quality in every bottle.

There are a lot of activities associated with the world of wine, such as wine tasting, the chance to sample a range of gastronomic delicacies, walking amid vineyards, and wine therapy treatments available in spa resorts. Underground wine cellars take visitors back in time to the origins of wine and to witness the tradition of wine-producing families.

Furthermore, several additional activities related to nature and culture, make this journey an unforgettable experience. This region has a rich historical and artistic past and offers a lot of opportunities for travelers who enjoy culture and heritage: Burgos, Aranda de Duero, Lerma, Peñafiel, Pedraza o Valladolid are only some of the villages and cities along the route where one can discover the “Old Castilla” history; all of which boast unique landscapes to practice outdoor sports or, simply, enjoy a walk, a cycle or do some bird-watching.

The region is also well known for its gastronomy. Perhaps, the most famous dish would be “lechazo” (lamb), cooked in a wood oven, an ideal food to be accompanied by a Ribera del Duero wine. Other specialty products include sausages and cold meats, blood sausage from Burgos, mushrooms, chops, cheeses, homemade sweetmeats and desserts, such as custard, milk pudding, and "rosquillas".