THE DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN Ribera del Duero
The Designation of Origin, as we know it today, emerged following an initiative by a series of wine-makers and winery owners concerned to promote the vineyards and the quality of the wines from Ribera del Duero.
The first minutes in the Governing Council’s books date from 23 July 1980, a date when the organisation was acting provisionally.
Two years later, on 21 July 1982, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food granted Ribera del Duero the Designation of Origin and approved its first regulations.
It is the oldest and most important Designation of Origin in the Community of Castile and Leon. In 2008, the Governing Council celebrated its 25th anniversary. It includes about 200 wineries with just over 270 companies promoting wine tourism in the area. As well as winery visits, they offer visitors an incredible number of related activities.