Wines from Valladolid
– The Land of Great Spanish Wines
Yes, it’s perfectly apt to call Valladolid as the Land of Great Spanish Wines.
This being the capital city of Castile and León is perfectly located at the meeting point of the rivers Pisuerga and Esgueva.
As each of these five wine regions has its own uniqueness and specialty it would not be wise to see the Valladolid wines as a single generalized entity.
Therefore, I have divided Valladolid wines into these five broader categories to discuss here. Let’s see about these five wine regions of Valladolid here
Wines from Valladolid
Unfortunately we have none from Valladolid, but there is some from Castile and León
Vetus – Flor de Vetus Rueda Verdejo 2011 12x 75cl Bottles€145.02 Find Merchant
Familia Martinez Bujanda – Finca Montepedroso Rueda 2011 6x 75cl Bottles€112.44 Find Merchant
San Antolin Rueda 2014€11.37 Find Merchant
Arzuaga Rosé – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€15.90 Find Merchant
Arzuaga Gran Reserva – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€96.70 Find Merchant
Arzuaga, Ribera del Duero, Reserva Especial – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€64.00 Find Merchant
Ribera del Duero, Gran Arzuaga – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€183.30 Find Merchant
Collection Amaya Arzuaga, Ribera del Duero – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€79.90 Find Merchant
Vino Tinto Amaya Arzuaga Colección – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€79.90 Find Merchant
Ribera del Duero, Crianza – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€23.90 Find Merchant
Ribera del Duero, La Planta – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€13.10 Find Merchant
Pago Florentino – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€18.50 Find Merchant
Ribera del Duero, Reserva Especial – Bodegas y Viñedos Viña Mayor€64.00 Find Merchant
Luna Beberide Art Tinto – Bodegas y Viñedos Paixar€38.50 Find Merchant
Numanthia 2010€51.84 Find Merchant
Five Wine Regions of Valladolid
Ribera del Duero
This is one among the eleven quality wine regions of Castile and León and is one among the several most recognized wine regions of the world.
The DO appellation of this region was created in the year 1982 with the view of promoting the quality of the wines that are produced here.
When it comes to types of wines that are being produced in this DO wine region, most of the wines here are from red grapes with a vast majority being produced using ‘Tinto Fino’ grape variety.
Some other grape varieties that are allowed to be used as per the appellation law are:
This is another DO for wines that are produced within Castile and León.
Of the 72 municipalities in Rueda DO, a major part (53 municipalities) is falling within the Valladolid wine region.
The DO appellation of Rueda was created in the year 1972 thereby indicating the production of quality wines based on ‘Verdejo’ grape variety.
Verdejo is a white wine grape variety which is known to occupy a major portion of Rueda’s white wines.
Although this region is famous for its white wines red wines are also produced in smaller levels.
Some of the key grape varieties allowed to be used is:
This DO appellation of the Spanish wines is covering almost 8,000 ha under vine cultivation thereby continuing to be an important wine region of Spain.
The history of the wine production in this wine region can be dated back to as early as the first century B.C.
However, Toro DO was known to be created only during the year 1987.
In this region, red wines are more predominantly produced using ‘100% Tinta de Toro’ grape variety while the white wines are often ‘100% Verdejo’ or ‘100% Malvasía’.
Apart from these grape varieties, Garnacha is also authorized to be used in the wines of Toro DC.
Tierra de León
Comparatively, this is a recent DO wine region of Spain which gained its DO status during the year 2007 only.
Located in the southern part León, this covers an area of 3,317 square kilometers.
The history of wine grape cultivation in Tierra de León can be dated back to the times of ancient Romans.
Some other authorized grape varieties are:
This DO represents the wines that are being produced in the region to the north of Valladolid province.
The Valladolid wine region is one among the several municipalities coming under this DO.
Cigales DO was created in the year 1991 and is specialized in the production of claret and rosé wine varieties.
These wines were produced in underground cellars at a depth of over ten meters until recently.
Some of the authorized grape varieties of Cigales DO are:
- Garnacha tinta
- Garnacha gris
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