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Rotwein D.O. Ribera del Duero Reserva Unico Reserva Especial, Castilla y León, Spain

Type: Rotwein (Red wine)
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 13%
Predicate: Reserva
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Registration number: #VS-L015

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Last reviewed: 30 June, 2018
The DO area in the northern Spanish region of Castilla y León extends along the Duero River (which subsequently crosses the Portuguese border and is called Douro there) for a length of over one hundred kilometres. Characteristic of the area are the different types of soil due to its size, which also results in a variety of wine styles and qualities. The vineyards cover 18,600 hectares of vineyards, mostly in the highlands between 750 and 850 metres above sea level. The climate is characterised by very hot temperatures during the day up to 40 °C and a drop to 15 °C at night. These strong temperature fluctuations and the nightly resting phase have a very...

One of the 17 autonomous regions of Spain or historical landscape (also Old Castile, Spanish Castilla y León) with around 66,000 km² in the north of the Iberian peninsula, also known as the "land of castles". This was once the border region between the Christian and Moorish worlds, which is why many border fortresses were built here. It is considered the heartland of modern-day Spain. In 1492, the Moors were expelled and Valladolid became the capital instead of Burgos. It remained so until 1561, when King Philip II. (1527-1598) chose Madrid in New Castile as the new capital. In the extremely eventful 16th century, viticulture experienced a heyday due to the needs of the...

Viticulture in Spain has an ancient tradition, as vines were cultivated here at least 5,000 years ago. The Phoenicians founded the city of Gadir (Cádiz) around 1100 BC and traded heavily in wine in the Mediterranean region. The first flowering occurred in 200 BC, because the Romans loved the wine from Baetica (Andalusia). Development was halted by the Moorish invasion in 711. For religious reasons, the Muslims cleared large parts of the vineyards or only allowed the production of sultanas. They brought with them the art of distillation, which was not used for alcoholic beverages, however, but for essential oils, as...

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