Ribera del Duero and Rueda are a wonderful combination, not only geographically neighboured, but also one is known for reds and the other is good at whites, contrast and match finely with each other. Rueda is natural and clear, whereas Ribera del Duero is a little deep and solemn. The climate of the plateau of Iberian Peninsula is more extreme and harsh. “Nine months of the year are winter, and the rest of three months are hell.”
Winter are freezing to minus 20 degrees Celsius and summer are soaring to 42 degrees Celsius. Until May or even June, the vineyards are in danger of frosts. And the temperature vary as high as 20 degrees Celsius between day and night, so the grapes ripen very slowly, and the harvest will be continued until the end of November. This extreme climate results in best quality of the grapes, and producing wines with strong tannins, intense aromas, active acidity, high alcohol content and great aging potential.
Except the unpredictable climate, the old vines are an unparalleled treasure of Ribera del Duero region. More than 45 years old vines take up 1/4 of the total vineyards. They are not so scarce here, and each winery seems to own a few old vine plots and make some old vine wines. However, 80 years or even 100 years old vines are very precious. Generally, they are traditional bush pruning with very low yield, but they perfectly express the characteristics of old vines: tenacious, concentrated and individualistic.