GEOGRAPHICAL SITUATION AND DATA OF INTEREST The production area covered by the D.O. Rueda is located in the community of Castilla y León, covering 72 municipalities. Rueda white wine was the court wine of the Catholic kings. The city of Rueda was the first city that priced wine the more expensive the older it was and there are documents from the 16th century in which they distinguish “trasañejo” (very old) wine from the aged (more than a year), calling new wine must. In Rueda is the Hermitage of Cristo de las Batallas, built in 1734 and called "la cuba" since it was built with the money taken from the sale of wine that the people of Roda donated before going to war. CLIMATE, SOILS, VINES AND GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ITS WINES The climate is continental and somewhat extreme. Frosts are common in spring. The terrain is stony, with wide alluvial terraces on the banks of the Duero. The altitude of the region and its orientation on an inclined plane of the Duero, generates a cool climate ideal for producing wines of great aroma and elegance. Of all the vines, the Verdejo variety is the one that occupies the largest area and the one that best adapts to the characteristics of the climate and soil of the area; Sauvignon Blanc, Viura and Palomino fino are also grown. La Verdejo produces wines with a certain body and a perfect balance between acidity and alcohol, and a marked fruity flavor. Rueda Verdejo, made with 85% of that grape, is pale yellow, fruity and with a peculiar bitter taste. The Sauvignon Blanc wheel is made only with this grape and is highly complex. There are also very low alcohol content rosés and reds.
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