Rueda is a wine region of Castilla y León (Castile and León) producing famous white wines. It has risen to international fame in the past decades with white wines. These dry and aromatic wines based on the verdejo grape.
Soils are mostly sandy or chalky, limestone, rocky, loose and poor in organic matter with good aeration and drainage. The climate is continental: winters are cold, with frequent spring frosts, and very dry and hot summers. The vines are planted often pushed to the ground to better withstand strong wind characteristic winter weather. In addition, they are testing several systems to get air to flow around the rows of vines during the hot summer.
Rueda is one of the few European areas specialized in the development of white wine and the protection and development of their native variety, Verdejo. The strong personality of Verdejo, the accession of other varieties and a vineyard that has learned to survive the harshness of their surroundings, almost hostile, to deliver the best of the wine itself, shape the profile of the white wines Rueda.
Verdejo (the variety most important grape of the appellation.), Sauvignon Blanc, Viura, Palomino Fino
Rueda, area renowned for its white wines, also produces red wines. Historically this area has had vineyards of red grapes, especially before the devastating phylloxera infestation occur in the late nineteenth century, which was responsible for the almost total disappearance of the red vineyard, allowing the absolute dominance of white vineyard.
DO Rueda protects its Regulations, from August 5, 2008, making red and rose wines in different categories of joven, crianza, reserva and gran reserva, with predominance of Tempranillo, also known in the region country as red or fine red. The varieties authorized for development have demonstrated their perfect adaptation to the area as well as their qualities for the production of quality wines.
Tempranillo(main red grape variety), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Garnacha