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The Rueda wine region

Rueda is Spain's most successful white wine region. Rueda means white wine pressed from the Verdejo grape. This grape produces wines with crisp acidity, moderate alcohol content and an aroma reminiscent of Sauvignon blanc.

History

Rueda is Spain's most successful white wine region. The well-known Marqués de Riscal bodega in Rioja was the first producer known to believe in the potential of the Verdejo grape – and thus in Rueda – in the 1970s. Today almost all the major Spanish producers have vineyards in the Rueda winegrowing region, among them the export-oriented Miguel Torres, Codorníu and Chivite wine houses. They helped to popularize Rueda, which is now appreciated around the world. Between 2000 and 2010 the Rueda vineyards doubled in area to 11,800 hectares. The region was awarded DO status in 1980.

Geography

The Rueda DO region is located in the Castile region in the north-west of Spain. With almost 13,000 hectares of vineyards, it includes 74 villages around Valladolid, Àvila and Segovia.

Climate

The Rueda DO region is located on the Duero plateau, its vineyards at altitudes of 700 to 800 metres. The continental climate is dry and warm, with long, cold winters. The short spring always brings night frosts, while summers – apart from sudden storms – are hot and dry. Annual precipitation totals only 300 to 500 millimetres.

Top wines from Rueda

Wines

Verdejo produces wines with crisp acidity, moderate alcohol content and an aroma reminiscent of Sauvignon blanc. One of the advantages of Rueda, and thus of Verdejo, is its consistent quality from year to year. A good Verdejo is also very fairly priced.

Grape varieties

The traditional variety is Verdejo, which accounted for over 85% of the harvest in 2012. Viura, another white grape, is the second most important variety with 8.5%, followed by Sauvignon blanc with 5%.

Vineyard area and production volume

13,000 hectares
99,800 tonnes of grapes in 2013.