At the feet of the striking Peñafiel Castle, in the heart of Castile and León, a significant part of the origin and history of the Ribera del Duero can be found. Over 90 years ago, in 1927, 11 wine growers from the village of Peñafiel founded the Ribera Duero Winery that started to produce red wines with the local variety Tinto Fino, under the brand Protos (from Greek meaning ‘to be first’) with a philosophy of continuous improvement that has never changed over the course of the years.
Many years later, in 1982, the winery gave its name to the recently created Designation of Origin Ribera del Duero, authorising the use of its brand. Protos is undoubtedly a fundamental part of the history of this mythical designation of origin that attained world fame in the 1990s.
Since 1927, Protos has always upheld its philosophy of producing wines of the absolutely highest quality, with an elegance and zeal that have made them legendary. The winery joins tradition and respect for origins, as reflected in its 2.5 km of galleries running underneath the castle, a unique atmosphere for ageing the delicate reds, along with avant-garde technology, expressed in the shady cellar designed by Richard Rogers in 2009, which has become a site of devotion and learning for all wine lovers. The overall facility, with both cellars joined underground, is simply majestic.