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The Spanish region of Ribera del Duero is roughly two hours north of Madrid by car and has 22,040 ha of vineyards  spread between four regional provinces,  Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid.  The great plateau of the Iberian Penisula  lies between approximately 760 to 850 metres (2500 to 2800 feet) above sea level, with some vineyards as high as 945 metres (3,100 feet).  According to the DO regulations, red wines must be made from at least 75%  of the key grape red variety, Tinto del Pais,  a clone of Tempranillo also known as Tinto Fino.   25% of the blend can be made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec.
In Ribera del Duero many of the producers prefer to use French oak to create the regions signature style.  Their aim is to create a more vibrant, fruit-forward style of wine with a leaner finish and one that is not as influenced by wood ageing, more typical in other Spanish DO’s.
An Open Pour tasting for the trade and press will take place on Wed 23rd October, 2019 to showcase a number of producers from the region.  All are seeking representation on the Irish market.  The wines will be on show throughout the day.  Trade & Press by invitation only.
RSVP:  Jean Smullen Tel: (086) 816 8468  jean@jeansmullen.com