2016 in Ribera del Duero was the warmest vintage in recent decades. A cold, dry winter, with almost no snow, was followed by a very rainy spring providing abundant water reserves for the vines. Budding began normally and was followed by a benign period in late spring/early summer, which resulted in a phenological advancement of one week, although excessive heat was recorded in July and August. The harvest then began one week later than the previous year. the resulting grapes were balanced, with ripe tannins and excellent freshness, and harvest work began on the first tempranillo vineyards on October 6.