What grape is Rueda?
Verdejo is the grape that put the little region of Rueda on the world wine map, where it’s made into some of Spain’s finest white wines.
What type of wine is a Verdejo?
Verdejo (“Vurr-day-ho”) is an uncommon, light-bodied white wine that grows almost exclusively in Spain. The wine is an outstanding alternative to wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, with surprising changes in flavors coming with age.
Is Verdejo sweet or dry?
Flavor profile. Verdejo is known for its light body, almost complete lack of sweetness, and citrus notes. The wine also has a pronounced acidity, making it a very crisp and dry white wine—wonderfully refreshing in the right weather conditions. Verdejo is a very fruity wine with dominant flavors of lime.
Is Rueda Verdejo dry?
Rueda Verdejo offers a light and refreshing body with medium-high acidity and a dry flavor profile. Shining a pale straw color in the glass, Rueda Verdejo offers aromas and flavors of lime, lemon, melon, grapefruit, grass, fennel, peach, and citrus blossom.
What kind of grapes are used in Rueda Verdejo wine?
In the wines under the Rueda Verdejo designation, this increases to 85%, although in practice, these are most often made varietally. Verdejo is also the key grape variety in the region’s sparkling wines, which are known as Rueda Espumoso. Synonyms include: Planta Fina.
Where does the name Verdejo wine come from?
Verdejo is a variety of wine grape that has long been grown in the Rueda region of Spain. The grape originated in North Africa, and was spread to Rueda in about the 11th Century, possibly by Mozarabs. Verdejo was generally used to make a strongly oxidised, Sherry -like wine.
What kind of wine is Rueda Blanco wine?
Rueda Blanco wines are famous for their fresh, aromatic style. The two varieties are complementary, as it often the case with traditional blends. Aromatic, herbaceous Verdejo is given complexity from Viura’s nutty, honeyed weight, and in turn Viura benefits from the fresh lift given by Verdejo.
How big of a vineyard does Rueda have?
Verdejo still covers the vast majority of Rueda’s vineyard land. In 2015 there were 19,059 acres (47,094 acres) recorded in Spain, accounting for around 2 percent of total vineyard area, and 4.3 percent of white varieties.