I’ve been visiting Ribera del Duero since the late 1980s, when I was fortunate enough to taste at Vega Sicilia, then as now one of Spain’s most celebrated wine estates. But in the last three years I’ve begun to take a keener interest in the region. As I do in all the regions I write about, I taste as widely and as comprehensively as I can, visiting bodegas to talk to the people who make the wines and, time permitting, walking in their vineyards.
Last year I chose my very first Top 100 Ribera wines,and I’ve done the same thing again this year. Some of the successful brands also appeared in the selection in 2018, but 45 of them are completely new. The pool of top producers is getting deeper in Ribera del Duero.