CH II / WHAT IS RIPPA DORII?
Sobre ti van los
hombres y los cielos
The poem A orillas del Duero (On the banks of the Duero), a work by José García Nieto (1914-2001), is one of the sources of inspiration for bodegas Rippa Dorii because it captures perfectly and with great lyricism, the soul of an essential river.
A orillas del Duero was published in the collection Geografía es amor (1955)
Geografía es amor
The poem A orillas del Duero (which means the same as Rippa Dorii) belongs to the book Geografía es amor, in which the author journeys through Spain and offers his son the spots in our country he most loves in a poetic way.
What you have here before you, my son, is Spain
The book dates from 1955 and it earned José García Nieto the National Prize for Poetry.
José García Nieto
Oviedo, 6 July 1914 – Madrid, 27 February 2001
Author of a large body of poetic work, although he also dabbled in prose, theatre, journalism and literary criticism, he is regarded as one of the key figures in the Neoclassical movement in Spanish post-war poetry.
He was one of the creators and leading representative of the current of followers of Garcilaso de la Vega known as the “corriente garcilasista”.
In 1996 he was awarded the Premio Cervantes, the top award in Spanish literature. In 1982 he was made a member of the Real Academia Española where he occupied the “i” seat from 1983 when he took possession with a speech entitled “Nuevo elogio de la lengua española” (New accolade of the Spanish language).
Camilo José Cela highlighted García Nieto as «one of the clearest poetical voices of our times and of our language». A “garcilasist” poet, influenced by Machado, Unamuno and the classics of the “Golden Age”, religious themes marked a large part of García Nieto’s lyrical work. In an interview in 1983 he defined himself as “a an unarmed gladiator in the meshes of God”.
- Víspera hacia ti (1940).
- Tú y yo sobre la tierra (1944).
- Dama de soledad (1950).
- Geografía es amor (1955).
- Elegía en Covaleda (1959).
- Memorias y compromisos (1966).
- Los cristales fingidos (1978).
- Mar viviente (1989).
- Adonais Poetry Award, in 1950, for Dama de soledad.
- Frastenrath Prize of the Royal Spanish Academy, in 1955, for Geografía es amor.
- National Literature Prize in 1951 and 1957.
(On the banks of the Duero)
The poem expresses the ancestral vocation of the Duero as a symbol of permanence in a territory defined by the being of its men, its austerity of farmers (furrows) and their dreams (flights). A Castile of pilgrims which moves and moves you, so closely linked to that incredible sentence by Miguel Delibes: if the sky of Castile is so high, it is because the peasants put it up there with so much gazing at it.
Lands of Castile, lands of wines cradled by men and skies. Always accompanied by the Duero, river as father and river as the essence for understanding the wines of Castile in their historic character and also in the erosion of the lands over centuries which have been shaped by the course of the river. The river marks the Duero valley, its profiles opened by the farmlands, the long sunny days of summer, the harsh, dry winters and rivers.
Sobre ti van los hombres y los cielos
contigo, peregrina, va Castilla
contigo van los surcos y los vuelos(…)
cap I / LOS VINOS / GEOGRAFÍAS
From this literary inspiration of the poem A orillas del Duero, contained in the collection of poems entitled Geografía es amor, the Rippa Dorii winery will name its most special wines using the word GEOGRAFÍAS, wines which contain the soul of a special landscape or of a specific and unique production. We begin with two of our most iconic vineyards: Los Curas (DO Rueda) and Salomón (DO Ribera del Duero).