The sweet success of Ribera del Duero

Having uprooted sugar beet for tempranillo in the 1970s, wine from the Ribero del Duero region has reached cult status

17th November, 2019
Grape harvesting at Raúl Calvo vineyards in Gumiel de Mercado in Ribera del Duero Pic: Getty

When Britain joined the then EEC in 1973, its giant sugar industry became Europe’s sugar interests. Ireland, Spain and many other European states produced their own sugar, from vast beet farming regions such as Carlow and Tipperary in Ireland, and in Spain all along the remote Ribera del Duero region.

Soon quotas forced European nations to limit their own sugar production to allow in vast quantities of cheap sugar cane from Britain. This undercut...

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