Viña Romana

Vina_Romana_logo.pngArribes is a Spanish wine region given Denomenación de Origen (DO) status in 2007. The name “Arribes” comes from the latin “ad ripam’ and refers to the steep banks of the nearby Duero River. 

 Most of Viña Romana’s grapevines are pre-phylloxera, with a median age of 105 years, and are distributed among many parcels lying along the banks of the Duero river. The entire estate lies within the glorious Natural Park of Las Arribes del Duero. Grapes are hand harvested from  ancient vineyards planted “en vaso” meaning the vines are head pruned (no trellises). Viña Romana is a former cooperative and is now privately owned. 
 
The climate is Mediterranean with Atlantic influences: hot, sunny, dry summers, with enough precipitation during the year to keep the vegetative cycle of the vines in balance. The terroir is slate, with underlying gravel of quartz and granite, which provides perfect drainage. The slate stores heat, which gives the grapes the opportunity to achieve remarkable ripeness as the heat is slowly returned to the grapes in the evening. 
 

Arribes is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the entire Iberian peninsula, and its viticultural history is thought to trace back either to Roman times, or before, when the Phoenicians used the Duero (Douro in Portugal) as a watery highway for their fleets laden with goods. The winery’s name, Viña Romana, celebrates the region’s ancient past.

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Quick Facts
Winery: Bodegas Viña Romana
Region: Provinces of Zamora and Salamanca, along the border with Portugal and on the banks of the river Duero
Locale: Villarino de Los Aires, Salamanca
Appellation: Arribes
Designation: DO

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