Rueda’s white wine future

The Spanish region of Rueda is set to capitalise on the international thirst for refreshing white wines. James Lawrence reports.

Rueda’s white wine future

Strolling through the vineyards of Rueda, this barren, arid landscape seems an unlikely choice to support a thriving white wine industry. Yet Bodegas Beronia, and many others, are in the middle of the September harvest; Beronia has been one of Rueda’s major investors over the past ten years.  Its euros have flowed into an area of Castile and León, a sparsely populated expanse of vineyards and cornfields north-by-northwest of Madrid that stretches from the border with Portugal and Galicia across Spain’s northern plain. It is a region that has been pivotal throughout Spain’s rich history; El Cid – scourge of the Moors (actually a mercenary who also hired his services to the Islamic caliphate) – was born near Burgos; Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, the great unifying and centralising Catholic monarchs, were married in Valladolid. The region was also a frontline in the clash of Christian and Muslim civilisations during the Reconquista. Much blood has been spilled over Castile and León’s diverse terroir. 
Today, however, it is a region renowned not for violent political clashes but the robust, powerful reds of Ribera del Duero, and the crisp, aromatic whites of Rueda. 

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