Spain – Rueda
Poised between the regions Ribera del Duero to the northeast and Toro to the west, Rueda is one of the important, if small, white wine regions of Spain. Indeed, verdejo, the leading white wine of the region is, in terms of the volume produced, Spain’s leading fin white wine. Like Ribera del Duero, Rueda is spread over a dramatic plateau slashed by the Duero Rover before it flows into Portugal. This is a region of extremely cold winters and scorching hot summers. For centuries the principal grape was palomino, the heat-tolerant grape of Sherry.