THE VINEYARDS
About the D.O. Ribera del Duero
The Duero river which gives the it’s name to the appellation, is closely linked to vines and winemaking. It comprises an area called the “Alto Duero” (the high Duero) of approximately 110 kms. long and 30 kms. wide. It runs through the provinces of Burgos, Soria, Valladolid and Segovia, with the river as its natural axis. Two thousand years ago, the dwellers of the Duero river basin used it’s course to exchange goods, among them wines, as shown in the ancient mosaiques in Valdearados depicting Bacchus.

Several religious orders settled in the Duero Valley from the 11th Century founding monasteries by the river. The monks planned the viticulture in the valley, bringing with them techniques that have been upheld until today. But the revelation of the true potential that the Ribera wines had came along with the creation of the D.O. Ribera del Duero in 1982.
The Ribera del Duero appellation has, for the most part, a low to moderate annual rainfall (400-600 mm.) together with dry summers, long and cold winters with high temperature oscillations between day and night. The soils are mostly clay and limestone.

About our vineyards
Bodegas Valparaiso counts with 70 Hectares of privately owned vineyard planted mostly with Tempranillo vines, also known locally as Tinta Fina or Tinta del País. The one closest to the winery in Quintana del Pidio was planted early in the 20th Century on bush vines, and the other two, planted early in the 21st Century on trellis lines on prime high altitude areas in Sotillo (Burgos) at 825 m. altitude, and Pesquera de Duero (Valladolid) at 925 m. altitude.