Rueda: Where the whites are made of Verdejo
The DO Rueda district extends over a wide territory in the surroundings of Valladolid, Segovia and Avila. The highest concentration of Verdejo vines lies around the villages of La Seca, Rueda and Serrada.
Rueda has had vineyard landscapes since the 11th century. Rueda’s gritty soils favour the native Verdejo-based grapes. Their exceptional quality appealed to the Catholic Kings, who introduced some of the best Castilian wines at the court.
The vine growing culture has undergone numerous improvements in its production process. Today Rueda wines reflect this marriage of tradition with modern techniques.
The underground cellars are a curious attraction of Rueda and Medina. These unsuspected places are excavated in the gravelly soil under almost each local house.
Rueda producers blend the native Verdejo with secondary grapes like Viura or Sauvignon blanc.
Rueda wine undergoes a short fermentation in oak barrels, a process that develops deep, fresh aromas, and brings slight wood tannins, bringing harmony to the wine.
Widely acknowledged as the favourite white wine of Spain, Rueda wines are crisp, food-friendly and accessible.