The Rueda DO is located in 3 provinces of Castilla y León. Valladolid, Segovia and Avila. It occupies more than 72 municipalities, of which the best-known are. Serrada, Rueda and La Seca. In 1980, it was considered a denomination of origin (the first one in Castilla y León), thanks to its native grape, Verdejo, a fundamental strain for its white wines that has allowed it to be recognized internationally. With over 8,000 hectares of vineyards, the denominacion has 52 wineries and 1,400 grape growers. Its gravelly soil and continental climate are very favorable for the production of quality white wine. Winters are long and cold, the weather is windy and very rainy. White grapes used are mainly the native one, Verdejo, as well as Viura, Sauvignon Blanc and Palomino Fino. For red wines, the varieties cultivated are Tempranillo, Merlot, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines that distinguish this denomination have fruity aromas and a colour like that of straw. The red wines are tasty in the mouth and structured.
The origins of the house go back to 1858, when the Marques de Riscal, who was resident in Bordeaux, was asked to hire a French winemaker to help the locals improve their winemaking techniques. Today the company owns nearly 600 hectares of vines, across La Rioja, Rueda and Castilla y Leon regions.
Made from 100% Verdejo grapes from Marques de Riscal`s own Rueda vineyards where they have been applying organic viticulture methods since 2010. These vines are an average 25 to 30 years’ old and are planted in the typical high, gravelly-soil terraces close to the River Duero. Aged for 9 months in Stockinger barrels from Austria. it has a greenish, straw-yellow colour. On the nose it reveals its intense varietal character with the classic aniseed and fennel aromas of the Verdejo grape. A fresh attack with good backbone and length, as well as a certain mineral character which clearly reflects the Rueda terroir.
Serve with white meats, or roated lamb, fish with salsa verde.
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