Ribera del Duero
It has been more than 2000 years that the land that encompasses the Ribera de Duero has been cultivating and producing wines wines. This is demonstrated by the greater Roman mosaic of the peninsula found in the Baños de Valdearados (Burgos). In the XII century, the first wineries were excavated in the subsoil and the wine and the vineyards are the protagonists of the cultural and economic development of the zone. In the XV century the first decrees for the control of production and commerce were created. Finally in 1982 after periods of prosperity and recession, the Ribera de Duero Denomination of Origin is created.
Nowadays, great wines are made on this area. The main factors are the soil and the climate. The vineyard soil is made mainly of sand and stones. This is ideal for rain drainage and keeping the moisture in the lower layers of the soil, where the deep vine roots find humidity and nutrients. The climate is marked by the notable swings in temperature, both between summer and winter and also between day and nigh during the growing season. This is due to the northern latitude and the 800 to 900 meters above sea level altitude. These two factors are essential for growing a high-quality Tempranillo a.k.a. "Tinta del Pais", original from Ribera del Duero and most popular grape in the area.
Quintana del Pidio
Located in the province of Burgos (Center-North of Spain, see the map) Quintana del Pidio is a small village surrounded by hills populated by oaks and pine trees. These hills protect the vineyards from the cold northern winds.
The history of Quintana del Pidio is tied to its terrain, its people and the traditions. The landscape is shaped by its soft afternoon winds, the light and the color of the vineyards.
In Quintana del Pidio you will find peculiar places where the pass of time, nature and humans, configured its own landscape. The town keeps its old traditions, many of them related to grape growing and wine making. And in this town, at the heart of Ribera del Duero is home to Bodegas y Viñedos J.A. Calvo Casajus.