Rioja wine is made from grapes grown not only in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja, but also in parts of
Priorat wine is produced exclusively from grapes produced in the Priorat region to the southwest area of
Ribera del Duero is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) located in the country's northern plateau and is one of eleven 'quality wine' regions within the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is also one of several recognized wine-producing regions to be found along the course of the Duero river.The region is characterized by a largely flat, rocky terrain and is centered in the town of Aranda de Duero, although the most famous vineyards surround Peñafiel and Roa de Duero to the west, where the regional regulatory council or Consejo Regulador for the denominación is based..Ribera del Duero is home to the world-famous and highly-prized Vega Sicilia and Tinto Pesquera wines and is dedicated almost entirely to the production of red wine from the Tempranillo grape. There are other similarities between Rioja and Ribera del Duero, besides the predominance of the Tempranillo grape. Whereas the wines are quite distinctive as a result of significant differences in terroir, both regions produce wines selected for long aging with highly complex vinification procedures, producing intense, extremely long-lived wines. Wines are classified as much for their longevity as their grape quality, and Ribera del Duero produces some extremely well-aging wines. On the other hand, Ribera del Duero wines share similarities with the Priorat region in that they share a connection to French style elaboration with Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot varietals. Interestingly, Tinto Pesquera, grown by Alejandro Fernández in Pesquera de Duero, is always a 100% Tempranillo varietal wine like a fine Rioja.Vega Sicilia, on the other hand, produces wines made by blending with Garnacha and other varietals as in the Priorat region.