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Named for a small, nocturnal hawk-like bird that is found in this part of Spain, Bodega Finca El Carpio’s Zumaya wines from the Ribera del Duero DO are elegant and complex, fruit-forward, and inviting. You’ll find the Denominaci├│n de Origen in the country’s northern plateau; as the name suggests, the region follows the course of the Duero River. This is a landscape characterized by rocky terrain, low rainfall, and an extreme climate. The long, dry summers are followed by cold, hard winters, when temperatures can plummet to -18┬║C.

Founded in 1982, it is a DO dedicated almost entirely to the production of Tempranillo. Winemaking in Ribera del Duero goes back over 2000 years, and flourished when Benedictine monks brought their viticultural practices from Burgundy in the 12th century. By honouring the region’s long-standing traditions, the wines of Zumaya convey the strength and spirit of old practice packed with charm and wild beauty. Tempranillo comes from carefully selected vines growing in 81 hectares of small hillside plots perched 800 metres above the Duero River. The limestone marl-clay where the vines lay root impart a mineral texture to these distinctive fruit-forward wines.