Grapes produced by this Designation of Origin (DO) are grown at between 700 and 800 metres above sea level, on flat, high ground. Winters are cold and long and springs are short with late frost while summers are hot and dry.
It is in the centre of the Duero River Basin and comprises a plateau with smooth relief and slopes exposed to winds from the Atlantic. The soil is grey-brown, rich in calcium and magnesium, easy to till and stony, well ventilated and well drained.
The Rueda Designation of Origin was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture on 12 January 1980. It was the first Denomination of Origin to be approved in the Region of Castilla y León. The production zone covered by this denomination of origin is made up of 72 towns and villages, 53 of which are located in the south of the province of Valladolid, 17 to the west of Segovia and four north of Ávila.
The Rueda Denomination of Origin is a leading Spanish winery in Spain that produces white wine with its autochthonous grape variety, Verdejo, Spain's perfect variety which is gradually seducing international markets.
The Regulatory Council of the Rueda Designation of Origin authorises wine production under its label based on five white grape varieties (Verdejo, Viura, Sauvignon Blanc and Palomino Fino) and four reds (Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Garnache).