North Central Spain | Wine Region
North Central Spain encompasses the wine production area of Castilla y León based around the River Duero. This is the old seat of Spanish nobility when the Moors still controlled the southern portion of the country, and it extends as far northwest as the Bierzo (DO), though that area has more in common with Green Spain than with the rest of Castilla y León.
While the valley of the River Douro is perhaps best known for Port wines, in Spain under the name Duero it hosts extremely elevated but easily workable vineyards that produce outstanding wines of worldwide reputation. Some of the most famous wine names in Spain reside in Ribera del Duero (DO), such as Vega Sicilia and Pesquera, and the regions of Toro (DO), Cigales (DO) and Rueda (DO) should be on the shortlists of anyone pursuing quality Spanish wine.