ocated northwest of Madrid near Portugal
’s northeast corner, Rueda
is not far from the city of Valladolid. This area is known for high-quality white wines
made from Verdejo
, although other varieties like Viura (Macabeo) and Palomino are used. Rueda’s climate and altitude create an environment that enables the Verdejo grapes to develop favorably and allows the area producers to make aromatic and fresh, yet full-bodied, wines. Basic Rueda wines require a minimum of 25 percent Verdejo. Rueda Superior wines require a minimum of 60 percent Verdejo; Sauvignon Blanc is also allowed in the Superiors.