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Ribera del Duero wine

The wines under the Ribera del Duero Denomination of Origin are red and rosé wines, with a minimum proof grading of 11.5º and 11º respectively. To be able to use the D.O. label they have to undergo a qualification process by the Regulating Council.

The wines under the Ribera del Duero D.O. are mainly reds, although there are also rosé wines.

Further information in www.riberadelduero.es

Red Wine

Is manufactured with a minimum of 75% of the Tempranillo variety; at least 95% of the grape used should be Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Malbec. The Garnacha and Albillo grapes are permitted, but in small quantities.

Young Red. Minimum time in wood, with less than 12 months in cask. It is commercialised just a few months after harvesting.
Mature Red. At least 12 months in an oak cask. It is commercialised as from 1 October of the second year after harvesting.
Reserve Red. 36 months maturing between cask and bottle, with a minimum of one year in the cask and commercialised after 1 December of the third year after harvesting.
Grand Reserve Red. This wine is exceptionally good quality thanks to at least 60 months of maturing, 24 in the cask and then 36 in the bottle. It goes on the market as from 1 December of the fifth year after harvesting.

Rosé wine

made with a minimum of 50% of the red grape varieties already mentioned. It can be sampled shortly after harvesting.