Ribera del Duero can offer real value for money, says Pedro Ballestero Torres MW, who picks 12 Ribera del Duero wines under £30.

The quality of basic Ribera del Duero has definitely improved; the wines are more balanced; brettanomyces is less widespread; young wines are fresher and fruitier; prices are lower than in pre-2008; and oak is less prominent and more integrated. Now quality, distinctiveness, balance and drinkability are the priorities for producers. The wines are still rich and still powerful, but not the monsters of the past. Ribera’s top wines are characterised more and more by finesse rather than power.

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There is no better time to get to know Ribera del Duero. There are wines at every price range and style, but most are affordable, delivering real value for money. They tend to be suave and rich, with a velvety touch, and very food-friendly. The best wines are made to keep and will improve over time, ranging from a few years to decades. They represent an excellent investment in future pleasure and, increasingly, price. The top wines are truly unique, with a great diversity of expressions – some terroir-driven, others based upon top-quality fruit and long, careful ageing.

Pedro Ballestero Torres MW is Decanter World Wine Awards Regional co-Chair for Spain

Great value Ribera del Duero: Under £30

Finca Villacreces 2011

Finca Villacreces 2011

Finca Villacreces, Ribera del Duero 2011 Rating: 18.25/20pts This wine could also be in my 12 greatest Riberas. Delicious, complex,…

Points 94
Bodegas Valduero Crianza 2012

Bodegas Valduero, Crianza 2012

Bodegas Valduero, Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2012 Rating: 18/20pts Classic and balanced in style, with good integration of oak aromas.…

Points 93
Sei Solo Preludio 2012

Sei Solo, Preludio 2012

Sei Solo, Preludio, Ribera del Duero 2012 Rating: 18/20pts With all the character of a terroir wine, sound backbone and…

Points 93
Alonso del Yerro 2011

Alonso del Yerro 2011

Alonso del Yerro, Ribera del Duero 2011 Rating: 17.75/20pts Archetypal Ribera, packed with abundant tannins, bountiful fruit and balancing acidity.…

Points 92
Baden Numen Au 2010

Baden Numen, Au 2010

Baden Numen, Au, Ribera del Duero 2010 Rating: 17.75/20pts With its concentrated ripe fruit aromas, this is rich and dense…

Points 92
Bodegas La Horra Corimbo 2012

Bodegas La Horra, Corimbo 2012

Bodegas La Horra, Corimbo, Ribera del Duero 2012 Rating: 17.75/20pts Very clean and precise on the nose, this is a…

Points 92
Bodegas Valderiz 2010

Bodegas Valderiz 2010

Bodegas Valderiz, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2010 Rating: 17/20pts Soft, rounded and velvety, with lots of warm fruit and unmistakable…

Points 90