The modern winery at Abadía de Acón Winery in Burgos, Spain, produces world-class Tempranillo.##Photo provided
Abadía de Acón ages wine in the facility’s state-of-the-art barrel room.##Photo provided

Southern Oregon Venture via Spain

Paul O’ Brien Winery has announced a partnership with Abadía de Acón Winery of Burgos, Spain, to produce a proprietary wine in the Ribera del Duero region, the first venture of its type in the U.S.

Beginning with the 2013 vintage, a wine based on Tempranillo (Tinto Fino) will be produced in conjunction with Abadía de Acón in Ribera del Duero and sourced from Acón’s 100 acres of estate vineyards with vines up to 70 years of age — even older is Abadía de Acón’s original cellar: hewn from rocky clay, it is one of the deepest and largest in Castrillo de la Vega and has been in use for many centuries.

Today, the Carrasco family utilizes their modern, state-of-the-art winery, where third-generation Jose Antonio Carrasco takes care of the wines and surrounding vineyards. The exclusive wine will be produced and bottled here, then shipped for exclusive sale in the U.S. In addition, Paul O’Brien winery will be the exclusive importer of Abadía de Acón’s wines in Oregon.

“Ribera del Duero is the premier area for Tempranillo in Spain” said Dyson DeMara, co-founder of Paul O’Brien Winery with partner Scott Kelley. “We are excited to be working with Abadía de Acón to produce this first-of-its-kind wine.” 

“This is a further evolution of the sister city relationship between Roseburg and Aranda del Duero” added Kelley. “Producing Tempranillo in the Umpqua Valley and in Ribera del Duero will further highlight the greatness of this classic variety.”

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