Indigenous Grapes of the Rueda

Indigenous Grapes of the Rueda

Rueda is one of those wine regions people have heard of but do not quite know where it is. We find this with many of Spain's wine regions other than Rioja. Yet as with other regions, the Rueda offers a unique style based on local grapes. I feel that the Green Fish shows this.

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Rueda In a Nutshell

The DO of Rueda is located around the town of its namesake just along the Douro River. Here the hot summers are tempered but the Atlantic maritime climate with the winter and autumns being fairly wet. Spain's main white grapes are found here such as Verdejo, Viura, Sauvignon Blanc  and the workhorse red grape that is Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot and Garnacha making a small appearance.

The grape that stands out in this wine is the Airén. Native to Spain, this is most widely planted grapes in Spain, yet it does not often appear on the label and it is often blended into obscurity. In fact there is a general move away from this grape in favour of the more commercial vines mentioned earlier.

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