A hot blooded Spanish red wine, beginning to rival Rioja for popularity.
What you should know
A big style of red wine, mostly made from the Tempranillo grape; Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Garnacha are sometimes blended in.
The wines are medium bodied and oak aged so you get lots of ripe plummy berry flavours, vanilla and spice.
The wine’s uniqueness is driven by the hot days and cool nights which give it an intense concentration of flavours and a structure that make them great for food matching.
Vega Sicilia is the icon producer of the region but you pay the for the privilege.
Top tip – You can spend a fortune on Ribera del Duero but at the cheaper end it still offers really great value
I've got to say that Tesco sell a Ribera del Duero called Pago de los Capelanes and I think it's great, but it's over the budget so I've plumped for their Finest version and it's fabulous value for money. Often called an alternative to Rioja, I love the dark fruit and oak combination.