Ribera del Duero Map
One of Spain’s top red wine–producing regions, Ribera del Duero is located in the northwest of the country, about two hours north of Madrid, in the center of Castilla y León, Spain’s largest autonomía, or state. Ribera del Duero runs from the east of Aranda del Duero westward to Valladolid. Its name translates as riverbanks of the Duero. In fact, the region’s vineyards flank the Duero River to the north and south, stretching up to the limestone cliffs where the valley intersects with the Meseta Central, a plateau that rises between 700 and 1,000 meters above sea level.
There are 13,500 hectares under vine in Rueda. Approximately 1,500 growers provide grapes to 67 wineries. A number of large winery groups have moved into the region, but Rueda is a wine zone that mostly comprises small family farms. While organic viticulture is becoming increasingly popular throughout the wine world, most growers in Rueda have always farmed organically. The favorable soil and climatic conditions encourage sustainable agricultural practices.