Working for the recognition and protection of their native variety, Verdejo
DO Rueda (which takes its name from the Spanish city of Rueda) is the southernmost appellation of the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León. For years, served as a natural border between Christian and Muslim Spain , which not only explains the many castles that crown the hills of the region, but has greatly influenced the history of it . The vineyards are located in the province of Valladolid, and occupy portions of Ávila and Segovia , bordering the Douro River in the north and the city of Medina del Campo, south .
In the ninth century , the region of Rueda was known under the name of " no man's land " because of the constant battles between Christians and Muslims and the scorched earth policy by both sides. The situation improved towards the years 1040-1109 , under the reign of Alfonso VI , who decreed that person to plant vineyards and work in the region would be assigned this land as their own.
In 1599 the production of wines of Rueda reached pitchers exceed 600,000 (100,000 liters). After suffering the phylloxera plague occurred in 1897 , rebuilt his wheel hard wine industry . The growers were paid by liters of wine, the quality factor in becoming an issue without relevance.
In 1972 renowned and innovative Spanish cellars rediscovered the huge possibilities that white native Verdejo grape.
Over ten years of painstaking efforts were rewarded in 1980 when a wheel was granted appellation status for its white wines.
The wines from the Rueda
Young wines with aging or barrel-fermented ( and DO Rueda Rueda Superior , this latter category must have a minimum of 85% Verdejo grapes in the blend ) .
Fortified wines ( and oxidative flower , style sherries ) obtained from the Verdejo grape varieties or palomino or a combination of both ( DO Rueda Rueda and Pale Gold ) .
Sparkling wines, recently hosted by the denomination.
Grape varieties authorized
Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc , Palomino fine , Viura
Tempranillo , Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot , Garnacha