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The DO area named after the city of Rueda (bike) is located northwest of Madrid in the heart of the Spanish region Castile and Leon, In 1980 it was classified as a DO for only white wines at that time. The hot, dry summers and the cold long winters are characteristic. The vineyards cover around 7,500 hectares of vineyards. The limestone-containing soil consists mainly of clayey alluvial land mixed with gravel terraces, which in addition to the continental climate with cold winters and short hot summers promotes the fruitiness and fresh acidity of the wines. The vast majority of the area is in the area around the capital Valladolid. Huge grain fields characterize the flat landscape, which is why it is also known as the “bread basket of Spain”.
Of particular interest are the often ancient rock cellars with miles of labyrinthine corridors. The vineyards are located between 600 and 800 meters above sea level on the southern bank of the Duero, with the DO area bordering to the west Toro on. Winegrowing has a history of more than a thousand years. After the occupation by the Moors, King Alfonso VI. (1040-1109) viticulture already in the 11th century. In the 17th century, white wine enjoyed such an excellent reputation that the Spanish royal court reserved half of its production. Around 1900 almost all vineyards with around 90,000 hectares of vines were cultivated by the phylloxera destroyed.
White wine varieties dominate. That is around 50% of the total vine area Verdejo followed by Viura ( Macabeo ) Palomino and Sauvignon Blanc, In 1972 she resettled Rioja well-known bodega Marques de Riscal who successfully sought recognition of Sauvignon Blanc. The winery started experimenting with white wine (only red wine was produced in Rioja) and introduced new techniques such as covering the grapes and temperature-cooled fermentation in stainless steel tanks using inert gas (Shielding gas). That was the beginning of the rapid ascent.
Today, the extract-rich white wines are among the leading in Spain. They must consist of at least 50% Verdejo, as further varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Viura and Palomino are allowed. The Rueda Verdejo must contain at least 85% Verdejo, but is produced by most winegrowers by type. In 1992, after the bottle- fermented sparkling wine Rueda Espumosa was introduced (at least 75% Verdejo), which is stored on the lees for at least nine months. And finally, in 2004, the red wines from the Medina del Campo area were also discontinued Tempranillo classified as DO. Well-known producers are Bodega Antaño, Bodegas Aura, Bodegas de Crianza de Castilla La Vieja, Bodega Hermanos de Villar, Marques de Riscal. Monteabellón, Naia, Náiades, Jose Pariente, Sitios de Bodega and Vinos Sanz.