VARIETALS AND WINERIES IN D.O. RUEDA
The wines from Rueda won wide renown in the 1700’s thanks to clarification using local clay which made the wines especially clear and long lived. Rioja producer Marques de Riscal started a new venture in the area in 1972 engendering a start of new plantings and focus on quality leading to D.O. status being granted in 1980.
Climate: The climate is continental and windy with occasional hail, fog and frosts. The summer is long and warm but not as hot as the majority of the interior. Evenly spaced rain throughout the growing season will often lead to an excellent quality vintage.
Soil: Range from decomposed limestone alluvial soils in the north near the Duero River to brown, sandy soils with clay and sandstone subsoils in the south of the region.
Grape Varities: Verdejo (52 % of vineyards), Viura (22.5% of vineyards) and Sauvignon Blanc comprise the allowed white grapes while Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the allowed red grapes. Palomino is widely planted and allowed in the wines but no new plantings are permitted.