Ribera del Deruo, Spain
Alejandro Fernandez followed in his father`s footsteps, by originally making wine from his small vineyards. However it wasn`t until 1972 that he was able to establish his own winery, complete with 16th century wine press, which still survives to this day. Today there are some 200 hectares of vineyards, primarily planted with Tempranillo.
The Denominacion de Origen of Ribera del Duero was founded in July 1982 by an organisation of wine producers and growers who were determined to promote the quality of their wines and enforce regulatory standards. Located in the country`s elevated northern plateau, it is an autonomous community within Castilla y Leon. As the name suggests, the region follows the course of the Duero river and includes the areas of Burgos, Valladolid and parts of Segovia. Like Rioja, the region produces wines selected for long ageing and uses the same age categorisation for its products.
who has been a major contributor to the success of Ribera del Duero wines in recent years. This oaked red wine is made from 100% Tempranillo (Tinta del Pais) grapes from 40-year-old vines, and aged for 18 months in oak.
Bright ruby red, it has smokey, leathery aromas followed by black fruits and spicy notes on the palate. Firm silky tannins with integrated oak spice and a refined elegant finish.
Perfect with roasts, stews and strong cheeses.