This old winemaking area has recently found a second lease of life, evolving rapidly since winning DO status in 1980.
Extensive replanting of the area's native grapes, in particular Verdejo, has led to a new generation of fresh, young, very fruity wines that are now beginning to be aged.
Rueda DO, and the town of the same name at its centre, are approximately 170 km northwest of Madrid in Castilla and León.
The vineyards are divided between three provinces: the majority are in Valladolid, but others are in Avila and Segovia.
The main grapes here in the white wine vineyards are Verdejo (52%) and Viura (22.5%). Sauvignon Blanc (7%) was introduced here as an experiment by the Marqués de Riscal and it continues to be steadily planted.