JUST IN THE HEART OF RIBERA DEL DUERO
The specific climatic conditions that characterize vine growing in the Ribera del Duero have great influence throughout the vegetative cycle of the vines, playing a fundamental role in the development of the plant and the ripening of the grape. Of these special conditions depends, to a great extent, the quality of the wines obtained.
The climate of the Ribera del Duero is generally characterized by moderate to low rainfall (400-600 mm as average annual rainfall), coupled with its dry summers and long and rigorous winters and with marked thermal fluctuations throughout the seasons, frame it within a Mediterranean climate whose main character is continentality.
The Ribera del Duero is located in the great northern plateau of the Iberian Peninsula, formed by a great old zócalo devastated and, in part, covered by tertiary sediments. The largest volume of these sediments consists of more or less lenticular layers of silty or clayey sands, and highlights the alternation of layers of limestone, marl and even calcareous concretions.
The river basin, formed during the Miocene, presents horizontal levels, gently undulating, limited by differential erosion, and turned today to the state of penillanura. The relief of the area oscillates between the interfluvial ridges, with heights of 911 meters, and the valleys, with a topographic height between 750 and 850 meters.