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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.