Ribera del Duero (DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN) Situated in the heart of Castilla y Leon, this wine region that dates back to the Middle Ages, extends over a hundred miles, along the high course of the river Duero. Production area: 18,452 ha - The main production area includes 59 municipalities of Burgos in which 85% is cultivated vineyard, with the rest divided between Valladolid (19 municipalities) Soria (6) and Segovia (5). The traditional grape variety is Tinta area of the country, also known as Tempranillo or Tinto Fino, which occupies 60% of the vineyards. The Tinta del Pais of Ribera del Duero, known for its pigmentation and better fruit acidity in other Spanish regions, qualities that make producing wines of great elegance and velvety structure, rich in extract. On a smaller scale also grown Grenache, which is not used in breeding reds in this Denomination of Origin, Albillo (white grapes), grape Bobal and international strains such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. Ribera del Duero is definitely a star regions of Spanish and international geography. The quality of its wines has been at the forefront of Spanish and international wines. In 2012 Ribera del Duero received the award for "Best Wine Region of the Year", a prestigious award given by the American magazine "Wine Enthusiast Magazine". Control Board: http://www.riberadelduero.es
La Rioja (Denomination of Origin) The cultivation area of the Denomination of Origin La Rioja is located in the Ebro valley and is divided into three areas with different climatic and soil composition: Alava Rioja, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. The Rioja Alta occupies the western half of the name, and the eastern half Rioja Baja. The Rioja region is located north of La Rioja Alta, between the Ebro River, which forms its southern border, and the Sierra de Cantabria, sheltered from the north winds. Overall, the Rioja Alta and the Rioja region have a climate with Mediterranean and Atlantic influences, while in the Rioja Baja predominantly Mediterranean climate, warmer and drier. These differences are readily apparent on the landscape and vegetation, although within each zone are given different microclimates depending on factors such as solar orientation or the degree of exposure to wind. Grape varieties: Tempranillo (preferred), Garnacha, Mazuelo (aka Carignan) and Graciano White grape varieties: Viura (preferred) or Macabeo, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca Rioja has been and is, without doubt, the reference star Spanish wine, mainly red, either in Spain or abroad Regulatory Board of Denominación de Origen Rioja www.Riojawine.com
LA MANCHA The Denomination of Origin La Mancha is one of the most prominent Spanish geography both in size, and the quality. It covers the provinces of Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca and Toledo encompassing a total of 182 municipalities. This area of production is not only one of the highlights of Spain, is also the largest in the world, with 300,000 hectares of vineyards, of which 165,000 are used for the production of wines with Designation of Origin. La Mancha is an ideal area for growing grapes, because although the yield per hectare of vineyard is not high, the quality of the grapes, the ripening and the health of their vines are of extraordinary quality. The red grapes are preferably used Cencibel (main grape), Garnacha (used in pairings) and new approved varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Among white varieties and found the main grape Airen, Macabeo, and to a lesser extent, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Control Board: http://www.lamanchado.es
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