Celeste Crianza by Bodegas Torres Turns Ten

11 December 2015

The Torres family's Ribera del Duero wins a gold medal at the Tempranillos al Mundo 2015 competition

Celeste Crianza, Bodegas Torres' flagship Ribera del Duero, celebrates the 10th anniversary of its launch. Today it is one of the appellation's best-selling wines outside of Spain and is available in 80 countries. This Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) reflects the character of a land marked by extreme temperatures, scarce rainfall and many hours of sunlight. The meticulous winemaking process yields an opulent red, full of fruit, body and color, which has been very well received by wine lovers and industry professionals alike.

The 2012 vintage – the wine's tenth – won a gold medal at the Tempranillos al Mundo 2015 competition, held recently in Lisbon and organized by the Spanish Federation of Enologist Associations and the Portuguese Enology Association. In its 2016 edition, the prestigious Guía Peñín gives Celeste Crianza 90 out of 100 points, the same rating it receives in the leading American magazine, Wine Spectator.

Torres produces Celeste Crianza at a small company-owned winery in Fompedraza, just south of Peñafiel, at 900 meters above sea level in the very heart of Ribera del Duero. The brightness of the stars on harvest nights provided the inspiration for the name of the wine and its label design, which has remained unchanged over the years. The wine ages for 12 months in French and American oak, which adds toasted and spicy notes that blend with the intense aroma of wild blackberries.

Celeste Crianza was the first Spanish wine produced by the Torres family outside of Catalonia and marked the beginning of an expansion into the leading wine regions of Spain.  After gaining experience and knowledge in the Ribera del Duero region for over a decade, Torres is currently planning the production of a new high-end wine. As part of this process, the company bought 14 hectares of vines in 2015 to ensure a steady supply of high-quality grapes.