Outstanding wines of the
region include Vega Sicilia
and Tinto Pesquera.
tradition in this area goes back for centuries, when Benedictine monks from France came to this area in northern Spain to plant the first vines in the 11th century.
Wines in the Ribera del Duero are produced almost exclusively from red grapes. While the Albillo grape is the only white variety grown, white wines are mostly destined for local consumption. The principal grape used in production is the Tempranillo, a dark-skinned grape variety that forms the basis for some of the top wines from Spain and Portugal.