D.O. Rueda – Verdejo

Verdejo grape

Although the origin is unknown, it is believed that it got there to the current Rueda (Valladolid) region during the XI century. In those years the Duero basin was replanted. The Mozarab people who arrived in Castilla are the ones who probably brought the Verdejo variety with them.

Considered native from the zone, the Verdejo represents 85% of the total vineyard of the Certificate of Origin Rueda. Adapted to the continental climate and to the characteristic “cascajos” soils (river stones) of the certificate of origin, it is one of the Spanish most representative white quality grape. Its characteristic scents ( white fruit, fennel or boxwood ) and the bitter hint make it unmistakable.

The production zone protected by D.O.Rueda is formed by 74 municipalities, the majority of them being in the south of the Valladolid province and the rest in the west of Segovia and the north of Ávila. Most parts of the vineyards are in the boundaries of the Valladolid municipalities of Rueda, Serrada and La Seca where our Villachica Verdejo is from.

How the Verdejo is like

Horizontal and not very strong plant

Variety of medium- early ripening

Small and compact bunches

Medium green-yellowish berry with thin peel

Acidity: medium-high

Alcohol: moderate

Good aromatic intensity

Versatile: fresh, fruity joven wine and wine with lees and crianza

D.O. Rueda

Legally recognised in 1980, it was the first Appellation of Origin in the Castilla y León Province.

Production zone

74 townships spread over 3 regions of Castilla y León: 53 at the south of Valladolid, 17 east of Segovia and 4 north of Ávila. 95% of the production is white wine.
The Verdejo grape represents 85% of the production of the Appellation of Origin.

Soils

Located in the central zone of the Duero River hollow, a high plateau of smooth topography and alluvial terracing.
Brown, rocky lands rich in calcium and magnesium with good aeration and drainage. The best vineyards from D.O. Rueda are found in what is called gravelly soils, brown soils above rocky deposits.

Stretch

13,000 ha in production. 92% of the plantations are found in the Valladolid Province.

Height

Between 700 and 800 meters high.

Singularity

Verdejo variety in gravelly soils.

Climate

Continental with cold and long winters, short springs with late frosts and hot and dry summers. Rainfalls between 300-500 liters per year and 2,600 hours of sun per year.

D.O. Rueda