Wineries seeking representation
Ribera del Duero’s continental climate and high altitude vineyards create the ideal growing conditions for Tempranillo, Ribera’s signature variety. The vineyards are planted along the banks of the Duero river at very high altitudes ranging from 720 – 1000m. The soil types here are diverse; largely consisting of sandy clay, limestone, and rocky outcrops. This unique combination of climate, elevation, and soil types are key to the distinctive depth and structure of Ribera’s wines. Ribera has significant plantings of old vines, and as much as 9% are over 80 years old. The yields are kept very low across the board (average of 4,380 kilos per hectare) and grapes are typically hand harvested and meticulously sorted. Ribera’s red wines have to contain at least 75% Tempranillo (also locally known as Tinta del País or Tinto Fino), and can be blended with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Garnacha. Ribera’s white wines are mainly made from the Albillo Mayor variety.
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Avelino Vegas (Carrasvilla)
The Carrasvilla winery is situated in Peñafiel, Valladolid and was established in 2017 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of its founder, Avelino Vegas. All their vines are planted to Tempranillo. The vineyards sites are in La Aguilera (centennial vines), Tubilla del Lago (low yield), Quemada (900m elevation), and Campillo de Aranda (low yield).
The soils here are limestone and sand, and the fruit is hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel. The wines undergo malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels, and are further aged in new French oak barrels. The winemaker is Cristina Vegas, granddaughter of Avelino Vegas. The winery produces two wines: Avelino Vegas 100 Aniversario, and Avelino Vegas Aureo.
Bodega Dehesa de los Canónigos
Bodega Dehesa de los Canónigos is a fourth generation family winery situated in Pesquera de Duero, the “Golden Mile” of Ribera del Duero. The property was first bought by the Sanz Cid family in 1931, and they started bottling wine under Dehesa de los Canónigos Brand in 1989. They have 60 hectares of vineyards planted at 800m, and the vines are planted to roughly 84% Tempranillo, 12 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Albillo and 1% Merlot.
The winery is certified organic and all the grapes come from their own estate vineyards. They make microvinifications for every different plot where the soil types differ. The winemaking team is led by Belen Sanz Cid, the technical director, and his brother Ivan is the CEO and vineyard manager.
Bodega Marqués de Velilla
Bodega Marqués de Velilla was established in 1985, and is owned by the Hernández de Mercado Family. The winery is based in La Horra, Burgos, and has 150 hectares of their own vineyards (88% Tempranillo, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec and Merlot).
María Pinacho has been the winemaker for more than 20 years. The winemaking philosophy here is to combine traditional winemaking with modern tools and technology.
Bodega Tierra Aranda
Bodega Tierra Aranda is located in Aranda de Duero, Burgos; in the heart of the Ribera del Duero D.O. The winery was founded in 1963 by 300 members; all of them local growers. Currently, the winery has 230 hectares of Tempranillo vines, some of them over 60 years old.
Emmanuel Ivars has been the winemaker since 2006. He was born in the Loire Valley but settled in Ribera del Duero in 1992. “From the terroir and the meticulous work of the vineyard, I seek to highlight the typicity and aging capacity of tempranillo ”. - Emmanuel Ivars
Bodegas Briego is a family winery in Fompedraza, set up by the Benito Hernando brothers - Gaspar, Fernando and Javier. At the heart of this project was the desire to restore and revive their father’s old vineyards. In 1988, some more vines were planted in Curiel de Duero, Peñafiel, and Fompedraza. The winery currently has 77 hectares of Tempranillo, with a nominal amount of Merlot and Cabernet. Fernando Benito Hernando is the oenologist, and the winery is dedicated to traditional winemaking, that respects its environment.
Bodegas Castillejo de Robledo
Bodegas Castillejo de Robledo was founded in 1998 by 14 local growers. The winery is located in Castillejo de Robledo (Soria), where the vineyards grow at an average altitude of 1000m.
The winery manages around 120 hectares of vines planted to Tempranillo, and the winemaking team is led by Jerónimo Contreras. The winery’s efforts are focused in the vineyards so that the best quality grapes make it into these terroir-driven wines.
Bodegas Copaboca are owned by Maria del Rosario Galindo Ordax, and they have four wineries in Spain. Their Ribera del Duero winery was created in 2016 in Sotillo de la Ribera, Burgos.
They mainly work with Tempranillo, and have a total of 200 hectares. Ivan Gutiérrez is the winemaker.
Bodegas Grupo Yllera
Bodegas Grupo Yllera was founded in 1970, and the Yllera family has been making wines for 6 generations. Led by Marcos and Carlos Yllera, the company has vineyards in Castilla y Leon, Toro, Rueda, and Rioja as well as Ribera. The winery group controls 150 hectares of vines in Ribera, working closely with growers to ensure the best quality grapes are harvested every year.
The minimum age of the vines is 15 years and maximum yields are kept at 4,500 Kg per hectare. The Pepe Yllera wine is made from Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, from 30-40 year old vines, and the Jesús Yllera from 50 year old vines of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot growing at an altitude of 1000m. The age of vines for the Boada brand range from 20-40 years old.
Bodegas Marta Maté
Bodegas Marta Maté is owned by four partners – Manuel, Nacho, César and Marta. The winery and some of their vineyards are located in Tubilla del Lago, Burgos, a town in the very north of the D.O. at an altitude of 930m.
The winery has 10 hectares of 30 year old vines in Tubilla del Lago, with an additional 7 hectares of centennial vines. They also have a 27 hectare site in Gumiel de Mercado where they apply biodynamic farming methods. The vineyards are planted to Tempranillo, Albillo, Garnacha and Merlot. César Maté is the winemaker and Manuel del Rincón the viticultural technician. The wines are fermented in concrete tanks and aged in 300-600 litre barrels. The winery is dedicated to organic farming and low sulphur usage.
Bodegas Nuestro de Diaz Bayo
Bodegas Nuestro de Diaz Bayo is part of Premium Fincas, a company with a collection of premium wineries in Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Rias Baixas, Rueda and Cava. The winery has 35 hectares of Tempranillo vines in Fuentelcesped (Burgos), growing at an altitude of 900m in limestone rich soils.
Isaac Fernandez Montaña is the winemaker, and has worked with some of the top wineries in the region. The winery is committed to sustainable and artisanal production, and all the grapes come from its own vineyards, often from old vines. Some of Nuestro de Diaz Bayo’s vines date back to 1865, and one of the wines it vinifies is made exclusively from pre-phyllorexic vines.
Bodegas Traslascuestas is owned by the Fernández de Piérola family who planted their first vineyards in 1905 in Rioja, where the family own two wineries to this day. Bodegas Traslascuestas was established in 2009 in the town of Valcavado de Roa, Burgos, after the family found an estate with outstanding vineyards growing at an altitude of 900m.
The winery has 110 hectares of Tempranillo under vine, and is run by Carlos Bujanda Fernandez de Piérola. Bodegas Traslascuestas is passionate about sustainable production, and all the electricity it uses comes from geothermal energy.
Bodegas Veganzones is a family winery based in Fompedraza, 8km from Peñafiel. The winery’s origins date back to 1956 when the grandfather of the founding brothers started making his own wine. Bodegas Veganzones cultivates 50 hectares of vineyards.
The main variety is Tempranillo, with some vines planted to Merlot. These limestone rich vineyards sit at an altitude of 912m, and the fruit is hand-harvested and carefully selected. Heraclio Veganzones Pesquera is the 3rd generation winemaker, and he aims to combine traditional methods with the latest technology in order to make the best quality wines.
Bodegas Vitulia is a family winery established in 2006. The owners are a family of grape growers headed by Isacio Arranz, with Guillermo LLorente as the winemaker. The vineyards are located in Burgos as well as in Segovia (Honrubia de la Cuesta) where the vines grow at an altitude of 925m.
The winery has 60 hectares of vines largely planted to the Tempranillo variety, as well as some Albillo and Merlot. The vines range from 25-30 years old but the winery also purchases some grapes from older vineyards. Bodegas Vitulia aims to make terroir-driven wines that reflect each vintage, and they try to keep intervention in the cellar to a minimum.
Bodegas y Viñedos Rauda
Bodegas y Viñedos Rauda is based in Roa de Duero. The company was established back in 1956 by a group of winegrowers who joined forces to form a cooperative.
The winery currently works with 100 different growers who tend to nearly 200 hectares of Tempranillo vines. Many of these growers are descendants of the founders, so a lot of the winery’s fruit comes from parcels that are 50+ years old. Guillermo de la Vega is the oenologist.
Buen Camino are a small family winery based in the village of Tórtoles de Esgueva, in the northwest of Ribera del Duero. They have 12 hectares of vines planted on rocky limestone soils at an altitude of 850-950m. Buen Camino mainly works with Tempranillo, but it also has some plantings of other varieties such as Garnacha and Albillo.
The winery is run by Javier Vallejo and his two sons Jorge and Javi. They practice organic farming, and the wines are made in a small-scale, artisanal manner.
Dominio de Bornos
Dominio de Bornos was founded in 1988 by the Mexican-based Gonzalez family (who also own Bodegas Lleiroso in Ribera). The winery is part of a group of wineries with estates in six different Spanish regions. The winery is based in Pesquera de Duero and has long term contracts with local vineyard owners, allowing them to be very involved with vineyard management.
They have a production of around 100,000kg of grapes, and exclusively work with Tempranillo. Since 2019 the winemaker is Víctor Fernández, who also makes wine at the Lleiroso winery. The winery releases two wines: a Roble and a Crianza, and vinifies the wines in American and French oak.
The Fuentespina winery was founded in 1994, and is owned by the Avelino Vegas family who have been making wine since 1950 in Rueda.
The winery is located in the village of Fuentespina, Burgos, and the grapes come from Sinovas, Aranda and Fuentecen. Fuentespina controls about 500 hectares of Tempranillo vines with an average age of 35 years.
The grapes from some of their 80 year old vineyards are used for their premium wines such as F de Fuentespina. The winemaker is Jose Manuel Corrales. The wines are fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak barrels. They release five wines under the Fuentespina brand: 3 Meses, Crianza, Seleccion, Reserva and F de Fuentespina.
The winery is owned by Bodegas y Viñedos del Linaje Garsea. This third generation family winery was founded in 1888 in Toledo. The winery is located in Aranda de Duero, in the town of Castrillo de la Vega. The 85 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards are spread across a number of different soil types and altitudes ranging from 700 to 900m.
The wines are made by Jose Carlos Garcia Agudo, and the philosophy is one of minimal intervention and respect for the environment. “Our passion for creating a sustainable environment, combined with a lot patience and our knowledge in the winery, means that we can create wines that truly express the land from which they came from, without irrigation or any additives or preservatives.”
Nexus Bodegas has 40 hectares of Tempranillo vines spread across five different plots in Piñel, Pesquera de Duero and La Horra. The winery itself is located in Pesquera de Duero, and is owned by Camino Pardo.
Camino has been working in wine since 1996. The grapes from the Nexus vineyards were sold off to other producers originally, but in 2008 Camino started releasing wine under her own label.
Pinna Fidelis was founded in 2001 by a group of 71 growers. The vineyards run along a thin stretch of land along the River Duero. Some vines grow on the high slopes south of the river around Fompedraza and Canalejas, and others on the northern lower hillsides of Peñafiel, Pesquera and Bocos, Piñel de Abajo and, at the northernmost end, Piñel de Arriba.
The estate has a total of 220 hectares of Tempranillo under vine. Rafal Rubio is the winemaker and Miriam del Pico the assistant winemaker. The fruit is always carefully hand harvested to ensure that highest quality fruit is selected, and the philosophy in the cellar is to combine traditional methods with modern technology.
Señorío de Aldea
Señorío de Aldea is located in Aldea de San Esteban, Soria. In 2013 Daniel Heras took over management of his grandfather’s old vines, and planted some additional vines. The oldest vines are 150 years old. The 12 hectares of vines are planted to 90% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and 5% Albillo and grow at an altitude of 870m. Some of the plots are owned by the winery and others are rented from local growers.
The organic parcels are vinified plot by plot, to capture the character of each individual site. The yield is kept low here, with the vines producing an average of 2800kg of fruit per hectare. From the beginning the winery has worked with oenologists Rebeca Palomo and Esther Gómez in order to make the best quality wines from their land.
Viña Mambrilla was founded in 1999 by Rodrigo Alberto Arranz Beltrán. The winery and its vineyards are located in Mambrilla de Castrejón, in the heart of Ribera del Duero.
Viña Mambrilla has 70 hectares of Tempranillo under vine planted between 790-850m above sea level. The winemaking team is led by Rebeca and Esther, a couple of winemakers known as Enodivinos.
Viñedos y Bodegas Ribón
Viñedos y Bodegas Ribón was founded in 1995 by the Ribón de la Fuente family. The winery is located in Quintanilla de Onésimo, Valladolid, in the “Golden Mile” of Ribera del Duero.
Bodegas Ribón has 25 hectares of vines, divided into three plots: Carrantigua, Rinconada and el Disco. The soils here are sandy-clay, with an abundance of limestone. 19 of the hectares are planted to Tempranillo, four to Merlot and two to Cabernet Sauvignon. Jesús Ribón is the winemaker.
Bodega Alvides was established in 2001 by three siblings who have been vine growers in Ribera since 1976. This boutique winery is located in Villalba de Duero, with vineyards in the regions of La Aguilera and Villalba de Duero (altitude of 790m).
The winery owns 19 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards, and the first vines were planted 90 years ago. The grapes are hand harvested and vinified plot by plot, before being aged in French oak. The winery is currently working towards organic certification, which they hope to receive next year. Héctor Casado is the third generation winemaker.
Bodega Emina was built in 2005 by Carlos Moro. The winery is located in Valbuena de Duero, the same village as some of Ribera’s most iconic wineries. Their vineyards are spread across the prestigious villages of Olivares de Duero, Valbuena de Duero and Pesquera. As a part of the philosophy of Carlos Moro, the vineyards are located exclusively on the right bank of the river, on very steep slopes.
For Bodega Emina, the emphasis must always be on the fruit and vineyard expression, so they avoid over-extracted, full-bodied styles of wine. The winemakers are, Verónica Pareja, Marta Arias, Félix González and Carlos Moro.
Bodega San Roque de la Encina
Bodega San Roque de la Encina is located in Castrillo de la Vega, near Aranda de Duero. The winery was founded in 1956 by 250 local growers to form a cooperative.
The Bodega’s 400 hectares are planted to a number of different varieties including Tempranillo and Garnacha, as well as some white varieties. Luciano Calvo is the head winemaker.
Bodega Valdrinal was established by a fourth generation winemaking family in 2000. The winery is based in Aldehorno, Segovia, and has 25 hectares of Tempranillo under vine, spread across the villages of Aldehorno, Fuentenebro and Moradillo de Roa (Burgos).
The vineyards are planted at altitudes of 910 – 1050m, making them some of the highest in Ribera. The vines grow on two different soil types; gravelly limestone and clay. Bodega Valdrinal is dedicated to meticulous work in the vineyards, so only the best quality grapes come in. The winemaking team is led by Isaac Fernández.
Bodegas Carramimbre was created in 1997 by 3 friends. The winery is situated in “the Golden Mile”, in the village of Peñafiel. The winery owns 80 hectares of vines and manages another 80. The vineyards are located in Peñafiel, Pesquera de Duero, Roturas, Canalejas and Curiel.
Bodegas Carramimbre produces two brands: Torrepingon and Carramimbre. They release four wines from the Ribera del Duero D.O. (Oak, Crianza, Reserva and Limited Release) and one Rueda wine. Their main varieties are Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, and they have two winemakers: Gregorio Navarro and German Medrano. The focus of the winery is to produce elegant and fruity wines that offer good value for money.
Bodegas Comenge is a family-owned organic winery established in 1999. They have 60 hectares of vines growing in the “Golden Mile” of Ribera del Duero. They grow Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Garnacha, and Albillo.
The winery produces low intervention wines that respect the environment and express the character of their vineyards. The grapes are hand harvested and spontaneously fermented. Rafael Cuerda is the winemaker.
Bodegas El Inicio
Bodegas El Inicio was established in 2013 by three friends, Alfonso, Luis and Angel Luis; all of whom had previously worked for a large Ribera winery. They wanted to make their own wines, focusing on quality and elegance. Bodegas El Inicio is based in Peñafiel. The grapes are harvested from 65 hectares of Tempranillo vines around the village of Fuentecén, all managed by small scale viticulturalists.
The winery is planning to plant 32 hectares of their own vines in 2021. The winemaking team is led by Technical Director and founding partner, Ángel Luis Margüello.
Bodegas El Inicio’s premium wine is the Admiración Selección Especial, vinified from old vines grown in premium sites. The wine is only made in excellent harvest years and undergoes long oak ageing in new French barrels.
Bodegas Ismael Arroyo
Bodegas Ismael Arroyo was founded in 1979 by the Ismael Arroyo family. The winery is situated in Sotillo de la Ribera and owns 25 hectares of Tempranillo vines. The winery also buys some grapes from farmers they’ve been working with for many years. The Tempranillo bush vines are planted on a combination of clay, limestone and gravelly soils. The average age of the vines is 40 years old but some are as old as 80.
The grapes are always hand harvested and the philosophy of the winery is to work in an artisanal way. The vines are not irrigated, and no fertilisers or herbicides are used in the farming process. The wines are always spontaneously fermented in the cellar. The winemaking team is led by M. Angel Arroyo.
Bodegas Nabal was founded in 2014 by the Navarro Balbás brothers. The winery is located in Gumiel de Izán and has 35 hectares of vines planted to Tempranillo, Garnacha and Albillo, and includes plots of centennial vines. Some grapes are also purchased from local growers.
Bodegas Nabal is committed to organic viticulture and sustainable winemaking practices, and everything is done in an artisanal way. Óscar Navarro Balbás is the Technical Director, his brother Daniel Navarro is the Sales Director, and María Pilar Melado and Rebeca Tomé are the chief oenologists.
Bodegas Pradorey is located in the highest and coolest part of Ribera de Duero, in the Royal Estate of Ventosilla. The estate has 545 hectares of vines in some of the best sites in Ribera. There are nine vineyards, some of which have been converted to organic farming. The vines are mainly planted to Tempranillo, with some plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Albillo. Pradorey produces its own hydro and solar electricity as well as its own natural fertiliser from cattle.
Francisco Martin, the oenologist is committed to sustainability in the vineyards and the cellar, and tries to balance tradition with innovation. Some of their wines such as the El Buen Alfarero are vinified in clay amphorae, and the El Retablo is vinified using criaderas and soleras.
Bodegas Trus is located in Piñel de Abajo, Valladolid, and produces estate wines from 140 hectares of Tempranillo. The winery divides its vineyards into small plots that share the same soil composition. The wine from each plot is vinified separately in order to best understand how Tempranillo responds to these different terroirs.
The winery then decides whether to release the wine as a single vineyard or to blend it with other wines that have a complementary character. The yield is kept low (max 1.6 kg per vine), and the focus is always on producing the best quality fruit that can best express the character of each site.
Bodegas Vetusta is located in the village of Aranda De Duero, and has a total of 40 hectares planted in Burgos and Segovia. 37 of the hectares are planted to Tempranillo. The Technical Director and one of the five co-owners is Ángel Chico Poza.
The winery is committed to sustainable farming and organic viticulture. All the wines are spontaneously fermented and sulphur levels are kept to a minimum, and the winery is certified organic.
Bodegas Vizcarra is located in Mambrilla de Castrejon, a small village in the province of Burgos, one of the highest areas of Ribera Del Duero with an altitude of 850m. The winery was established in 1991 by oenologist Juan Carlos Vizcarra Ramos, son of one of Ribera’s winegrowing pioneers, José Manuel Vizcarra Aguado.
The winery has 65 hectares planted mainly to Tempranillo, with some plantings of Merlot, Albillo and Garnacha. The winery also does micro-vinifications from old parcels. Harvest is always done by hand and fruit is meticulously selected before being destemmed. The focus of the winery is to achieve the best results in the vineyards, so careful viticulture lies at the heart of the winemaking philosophy.
Bodegas y Viñedos Roberik
Bodegas y Viñedos Roberik is owned by two families – Elena and Sergio who have a background in business management, and Iván and Marta who are trained viticulturalists and oenologists. They met through their sons Roberto and Erik, hence the name ‘Roberik’.
The winery was founded in 2015 in the town of Milagros. They have vineyards in Baños del Valdearados, Quemada, La Horra and have 11 hectares under vine, all planted to Tempranillo. The winemaker is Iván Bombín González, and the winery is dedicated to organic and sustainable farming, as well as a traditional, hands off approach in the cellar.
Compañía Vinícola Solterra
Compañía Vinícola Solterra began production in 2003 with the release of its "Alto de los Zorros" Brand. In 2006 they acquired Agro Roa along with its 32 hectares.
Today the winery has 44 hectares of vines, largely planted to Tempranillo. They also have one hectare of Syrah and two hectares of Viognier. The average age of their vines is 45 years old. Julio Frutos Santirso is the winemaker.
Dominio del Soto
Dominio del Soto was founded in 2005 by Michel Chapoutier. The winery is situated in Sotillo de la Ribera in Burgos, and has 16 hectares of organically certified vines. The Tempranillo vineyards grow on clay-limestone and sandy soils, at altitudes of 850-900m.
Dominio del Soto make two wines: a Roble and a Crianza. The winery is currently converting to biodynamic farming.
La Bodega de a Loba
La Bodega de La Loba is a small winery based in Matanza de Soria, a small village which sits at an altitude of 960m in the east of Ribera del Duero. The winery has a total of 5 hectares of centennial vineyards, ranging between 100 and 200 years old, planted to a mix of Tempranillo and Albillo.
La Loba is run by viticulturalist and winemaker Ana Carazo, who dedicates a lot of care and attention to recovering and restoring old vineyards. Ana is committed to working the land in a sustainable and respectful way, and paying homage to the traditional cultivation methods of the region.
Manchón Mieres is a small family-owned winery located in the town of Pesquera de Duero, in the “Golden Mile” of Ribera. Their 16 hectares of vines are spread over two farms that sit at an altitude of 900m.
In 2014 the winery started making wine from its own vineyards, which are planted to Tempranillo. The wines are all spontaneously fermented in order to preserve as much of the character of the vineyards as possible. Rebeca and Esther, known as ‘Enodivinos’ make the wines at Manchón Mieres.
Pago de Ina
Pago de Ina are a small family-owned winery located in Olivares de Duero, between Quintanilla de Onésimo and Valbuena de Duero. The winery was established in 2005 by Francisco Cabanas, his daughter Sara and David Parra. They source Tempranillo from 40-60 year old vineyards growing at an altitude of 750-850m near Roa de Duero.
The winery practices sustainable viticulture, and the winemaking team is led by oenologist Xabier Kamio, and agronomic engineer Rodrigo Arranz.
Ramos Ducher is a small winery founded seven years ago in Olmedillo de Roa, Burgos. All the fruit comes from the 20 hectares of vines belonging to the winery. The current production is 35,000 bottles a year.
The varieties grown here include Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In two years, all the wines produced by Ramos Ducher will be organic.
The Territorio Luthier winery is located in Aranda de Duero, and was started in 2008 by two partners, Fernando Ortiz and Cristina Alonso. The winery practices minimal intervention winemaking; they don’t use any artificial yeasts and they apply biodynamic principles in the vineyards.
The average age of the vines is over 50 years, and the vineyards are planted at altitudes of over 700m in the villages of Gumiel de Mercado, Aranda and Zazuar, in Burgos. The winery makes Crianzas, Reservas and Gran Reservas.
Viña Matey is an organic winery based in Fuentespina, Burgos. Established in 2010, the owner and oenologist is Juan Miguel Andrés Matey. The winery’s 3.5 hectares of Tempranillo vines are located in Aranda de Duero Burgos.
The grapes are hand harvested and matured in oak barrels between 4 up to 12 months. Their flagship wine Carrequemada is barrel fermented and aged for 12 months in barrel.
Vinos Rubén Ramos
Vinos Rubén Ramos is a small family winery first established in 2001 by winemaker Rubén Ramos. There is a long tradition of viticulture in Rubén’s family, and he is dedicated to making wines in an artisanal and tradition manner. His 14 hectares of Tempranillo vines are planted in Peñafiel, on sandy-loam that sits on a subsoil of limestone and clay.
Rubén works the vines by hand, and limits treatments in the vineyards. All of his wines are aged in French and American oak, and then further aged in bottle.
Bodega Cooperativa Virgen de la Asunción
Bodega Cooperativa Virgen de la Asunción was established in 1957; making it one of the 12 oldest wineries in Ribera del Duero. Based in La Horra, Burgos, the winery is owned by 100 different families and has 325 hectares under vine in the “Golden Triangle” of Ribera. The winery releases wines under the cooperative label, as well as the Ricardo Dumas brand.
Here the vines grow at an altitude of 800-850m, in calcareous clay and stony soils. The majority of the wines are bush vines and over half are 50+ years old, with several parcels dating back to 1900. The harvests are always done by hand. The winery produces a number of different styles, from young fruit-forward wines, to old vine cuvées that see more oak ageing.
Bodega Finca Cantaburros
Bodega Finca Cantaburros was first formed in the early 90s, with the planting of a 10 hectare vineyard. Another 10 hectares was then added, and the winery started farming their land organically.
Cantaburros’ Tempranillo vines grow on calcareous, stony soils north of the river in Aranda del Duero, Burgos. They produce four wines – a Joven, Roble, Crianza and Reserva. The winery is organically certified and they practice minimal intervention winemaking.
Bodega Sarmentero was established in 2004 by Amparo Repiso Vallejo, a fourth generation winemaker. The winery is based in Quintanilla de Arriba, Valladolid, and has 7 hectares of Tempranillo under vine in Quintanilla de Arriba and in Padilla de Duero.
The winemaking team is Amparo Repiso Vallejo and Maria Lopez Repiso. All the wines are spontaneously fermented and vegan friendly.
Bodegas Balbás' is located in La Horra, the “Golden Diamond” of Ribera del Duero. The winery's history goes back to 1777, and today it's run by Juan José Balbás. Bodegas Balbás was one of the pioneering wineries that helped to set up the Ribera del Duero appellation in 1982. Juan José’s daughter Patricia is also heavily involved in the winery, making Bodegas Balbás a seventh generation winery.
Bodegas Balbás has 10 different parcels (102 hectares), with very old vines of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Some of the vines grow at an altitude of 940 m. The winemaker, Pedro de la Fuente, has been working at the winery for over 25 years.
Bodegas Casajús is located in the small village of Quintana del Pidio, Burgos, where they cultivate 20 hectares of their own vines. The family winery was established in 1993 by Jose Alberto Calvo Casajús, who is still the winemaker.
The winery has always farmed their vines organically, and strived to keep their intervention in the cellar to a minimum. Their centennial vineyards are largely planted to Tempranillo, with some Garnacha, Bobal, and Albillo. They also have some Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon planted in their younger vineyards.
Bodegas Conde de San Cristóbal
Bodegas Conde de San Cristóbal was established in 2001, as part of the Marqués de Vargas Family Vineyards & Cellars project in Ribera. The winery was built in the middle of the 80 hectare Pago de Valdestremero property, an estate with a long winegrowing history in the “Golden Mile” of Ribera del Duero.
Conde (Count) of San Cristóbal is one of the noble titles of D. Pelayo de la Mata (the owner and president of the winery). The winery specialises in single-estate wines made from Tempranillo. The fruit is hand harvested and aged in French oak barrels from seven different cooperages. The winemaking team is led by Jorge Peique and the winery is currently undergoing organic conversion.
Bodegas Félix Callejo
The Callejo family winery was founded in 1989 and is now run by the four second generation Callejo siblings. José Félix Callejo trained at Pétrus in Pomerol as well as the Miguel Torres winery of Curicó, Chile. Since 2000 he has been head winemaker of Bodegas Félix Callejo. In 2009 his sister Noelia Callejo joined the team after having trained at Argentina's Viña Cobos winery and at Araujo Estate Wines in Napa Valley.
The winery works with 55 hectares of its own vineyards planted to Tempranillo, Albillo Mayor, Merlot and Garnacha. The vines grow on the northern slopes of the river, in Sotillo de la Ribera at an altitude of 900m. The winery uses ecological management techniques in the vineyard to best express the character of their terroir.
Bodegas Lleiroso was founded in 2001 by the Gonzalez family. Since 2019 Bodegas Lleiroso is part of a wine group with seven wineries in six Spanish regions (including Dominio de Bornos in Ribera). The winery is located in Valbuena de Duero, in Ribera’s “Golden Mile”.
The low-yielding Tempranillo vines grow at an altitude of 780m and range from 25-80 years old. The soils found here are alluvial and made up of limestone and clay. All the grapes are hand harvested, and some of the grapes are sourced from a handful of local grape growers. The winery has an annual production of 200,000 kg. Since 2015, the winemaking team is led by Víctor Fernández, who also makes wine at Dominio de Bornos.
Bodegas Neo was established in 1999 by three friends. The owner/winemaker is Julio Conde Delgado. They have 22 hectares of vineyards ranging from 25-85 years old, spread across the villages of Castrillo de la Vega, Aranda, Fuentespina, La Horra, and Zuzones. Bodegas Neo also tends another 20 hectares of vines owned by a number of different growers in the region.
The winery is passionate about making high quality wines that can be accessible to everyone, and they often create projects that bring together wine, social events and music. They even have their own recording studio in the winery.
Bodegas Torrederos is located in the heart of Ribera del Duero, very close to the small village of Roa in Burgos. It was founded in 2000 by four winegrowing families that used to sell their grapes to renowned Ribera wineries, but decided to set up their own project so they could craft their own distinctive wines. The families own 100 hectares of Tempranillo vines that grow within a 5km radius of the winery.
Bodegas Vega de Yuso
Bodegas Vega de Yuso was established in 2002 by Ruben Iglesias Barredo, the current owner and winemaker. The winery is located in Quintanilla de Onesimo in the province of Valladolid, which lies 21 km from Peñafiel.
Vega de Yuso currently has 20 hectares of Tempranillo vineyards nestled in the best sites of Quintanilla de Onesimo, Olivares De Duero and Valbuena de Duero. The altitude can reach 900m here and the vines are low-yielding, with parcels of 50 year old vines. The soil types found here and the high altitude are central to the winemaking at Bodegas Vega de Yuso.
Bodegas Virtus is located in Aldeyuso, close to Peñafiel (Valladolid), in the heart of Ribera del Duero. In 2013 Íñigo López de la Osa took over the family winery. The winery has vineyards in Aldeyuso, and some older parcels in Sotillo de la Ribera, Hontoria de Valdearados, Moradillo de Roa or La Horra. The winery tends 34 hectares, 9 of them owned by the winery. They work with Tempranillo and Albillo.
The winery’s philosophy is to blend tradition and innovation in order to make the best quality wine in a way that respects the environment. The oenologist is Ernesto Peña Peña, and winery releases three red wines: Virtus, Vega del Yuso and Alma, and one white, Virtus Blanco.
Bodegas y Viñedos Gallego Zapatero
Bodegas y Viñedos Gallego Zapatero is a family run winery situated in Anguix. They have 9 hectares of vines spread across Valdepalacios, San Miguel, Otero, La Morris, Camino Viejo, Molino, La Nava, Dujos, and Pincharatas. All the grapes come from their own low yielding vineyards which are farmed organically.
The winery produces two estate wines which are vinified from a number of different parcels, soil types and altitudes. They also release four single vineyard wines: Yotuel Finca La Nava, Yotuel Finca Camino Viejo, Yotuel Finca Valdepalacios, and Yotuel Finca San Miguel.
Bodegas y Vinedos Valtravieso
Bodegas y Viñedos Valtravieso was founded in 1994, and is owned by Gonzalez Beteré family. The winery and its vineyards sit at an altitude of 915m in Piñel de Arriba. It has 60 hectares of own vineyards, with three different varieties planted: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The vines grow on clay-limestone soils, and the winery aims to make terroir-driven wines that capture Ribera’s personality. The winemaking team is led by Ricardo Velasco, a young Spanish young oenologist who trained in Bordeaux and Argentina, and worked for several years at Vieux Télégraphe in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Convento de Oreja
Convento de Oreja was founded in 2003 by the Vaquero family. The winery is situated in Peñafiel, Valladolid, and is named after a nearby convent once famous for its wines.
Convento de Oreja has 25 hectares of vines, all planted to Tempranillo. The winemaker is Silvia Gonzalez, and the winery’s goal is to make modern wines that also capture the history and traditions of Ribera.
Ébano Viñedos y Bodegas
Ébano Viñedos y Bodegas was founded in 2004 by the Galician entrepreneur Carlos Gómez Davila. The winery and vineyards are located in Castrillo de Duero, Valladolid.
The winery works with Tempranillo, applying careful vineyard management techniques to make the most of their terroir. They have around 40 hectares under vine, and the winemaker is Álvaro Bueno.
La Luz del Duero
La Luz del Duero was founded in 1980 and is one of Vinos de la Luz’s three wineries. The family company is owned by the Argentine Ricardo Fernández Núñez, grandson of a Spanish grower. Vinos de la Luz’s other wineries are in Valle de Uco in Argentina and in Montalcino.
La Luz del Duero is located in Mélida de Peñafiel, and they have a total of 40 hectares of Tempranillo under vine. Noelia Mena is the winemaker at Vinos de la Luz.
Mélida Wines is a small family winery located in Mélida, Valladolid. The project is led by two sisters, Silvia and Miriam, who farm their vines organically and harvest by hand.
These artisanal wines are hand crafted and hand labelled, with an annual production of 10000 bottles.
Palacio de Villachica
The Palacio de Villachica Ribera project was first formed in 2017 by a group of three friends passionate about Tempranillo. After a few years of research and exploration, they settled on Peñafiel, and built a small winery there in 2019.
Rafael García is the technical director, Pedro Arranz the winemaker and Daniel del Río is the viticulturist. Palacio de Villachica’s vineyards are made up of 34 tiny old parcels spread across five villages in some of the highest altitudes of Ribera. The total hectarage is 28 hectares, and each parcel has been carefully selected for the high quality of its fruit. The team works very closely with their growers to ensure the vines are farmed organically and the old parcels are kept in the best viticultural condition.
Rudeles (Tierras el Guijarralis) is a family winery founded in 2003. They have a total of 18 hectares of vines spread across 70 different parcels.
Most of their vines are planted in the tiny village of Peñalba de San Esteban, and they work with Tempranillo, Garnacha and Albillo. Their focus is on small-production wines, and everything is done by hand to ensure the best quality fruit is cultivated and vinified. The winemaking team is led by Roser Amorós.
Vegazar (Bodega Coop. San Andrés) was founded in 1967 in Burgos. Today it has 100 members with over 200 hectares of vineyards.
Over half of the vines are at least 50 years old, with some centennial, pre-phylloxera vines. The vines grow at an altitude of 890m, on sandy calcareous soils.
Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz
Located in San Esteban de Gormaz (Soria), Viñedos y Bodegas Gormaz was founded in 1972 and was one of the founding wineries of the Ribera del Duero appellation.
70% of the vineyards are over 80 years old, and some of the parcels are home to centennial vines. María José García leads the young winemaking team here. The winery is currently converting to organic farming, and aims to make the best quality wine that can capture the character of their vineyard sites.