Gonzalez Byass’ project in Rueda has been led by Matias Calleja, winemaker of Bodegas Beronia, and Beatriz Paniagua, born and raised in the Rueda región. A project based on González Byass’ mission to demonstrate the oenological diversity in Spain. With Beronia Rioja and Beronia Rueda we bring together Spain’s two most representative wine regions, with the most potential internationally.
The Denomination of Origin Rueda was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture on January 12th 1980; being the first Denomination of Origin to be approved in the Region of Castilla y León.
Rueda possesses exceptional natural resources for the production of top-quality wines. Specialised in making internationally renowned white wines from the autochthonous grape variety Verdejo, as of 5th of August of 2008 the production of red and rosé wines was included in the DO.
The production area included in the Denomination of Origin Rueda is located in the Region of Castilla y León and consists of 74 towns and villages, 53 of which are located south of the province of Valladolid, 17 to the west of Segovia and 4 north of Ávila.
The different grape varieties grown here are irregularly scattered over the several municipal districts However, it is the area found within the boundaries of La Seca, Rueda and Serrada where vineyards are in a higher proportion and greater intensity.
The Denomination of Origin Rueda is one of the few European winegrowing regions specialised in making white wine and in the preservation and development of Verdejo, the autochthonous grape variety.
Rueda wines are marked by the strong personality of the Verdejo grape, the incorporation of other varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Viura and Palomino Fino, and the vineyards themselves, which have learned to survive in a tough, almost hostile, environment in order to give their best to the wine.
The Verdejo grape has been grown in the Denomination of Origin Rueda for over centuries. Its origins date back to the 11th century, to the times of king Alfonso VI, when the banks of the river Duero was inhabited by people from Cantabria, the Basque Country and the Muslim southern regions; it was very probable that the latter, the so-called mozárabes, brought the Verdejo variety from North Africa, after a period of adaptation in the south of Spain.
The Verdejo variety has a unique flavour, with a hint of scrub herbs, a fruity touch and an excellent level of acidity. It gives volume and a characteristic bitter touch, which leaves a glint of originality in the mouth, accompanied by a rich fruity expression. These wines are harmonious, and their aftertaste invites to continue drinking.
The D.O. Rueda is situaed 700 to 800 metres above sea-level, and consists of flat highlands, with very long, cold winters, short springs with late frosts, and dry, hot summers, only altered by untimely storms, This climate forces the vines to search for their water resources deep underground.
Plants flower late, with pruning taking place as late as March, sometimes even April. Rain is scarce, with minimum levels of 300 litres and maximum levels of 500 litres per year.
The difference between day and night temperatures is key to the balance obained by the grape; sugar provided by the sun and the acidity maintained during the cooler nights. Sun exposure reaches 2,600 hours a year, which would be too much were it not for the late maturation of the grape.
In terms of latitude, the Rueda region is located within the Mediterranean area. Its altitude, however, corresponds to that of a continental region.
The D.O. Rueda is located in the valley of the river Duero, on a smooth plateau influenced by Atlantic winds. The area has alluvial and flood terraces on the banks of the river Duero. Dark grey-brown soils, rich in calcium and magnesium, stony but easy to farm, with good ventilation and draining, and limestone outcrops on the hilltops. Permeable and healthy, their texture varies from sandy-loamy to loam.
After an extensive search in the region González Byass chose the ‘Pago carro de Santa Maria’ as it brought together the ideal characteristics to produce the perfect Verdejo. The vineyard is situated in the heart of Rueda (1 km from the village) .24,3 hectares with an altitude of 750m, planted in 1999. The soil is typically “cascajoso”, a stony soil that absorbs the heat during the day and radiates the retained heat at night. Well ventilated, rich in calcium, magnesium, with excellent drainage. It gives maximum complexity to the grape. The vineyard enjoys a continental climate with cold winters, short springs and very hot, dry summers.
Beronia Rueda Verdejo has a unique production with two different harvests.
Half of the blend comes from grapes where the vines have had an early harvest and fermentation at relatively high temperatures (16º) in order to achieve an explosion of aromas with notes of ripe stone fruits
The other half underwent a later harvest and fermentation at lower temperatures (13º) looking for maturity with more concentration and complexity on the palate
The result is a blend of the two distinct winemaking techniques in order to achieve an aromatic wine which is fresh, flavoursome and complex
Bright pale yellow colour with hints of green. An intense nose with aromas of ripe stone fruits and aromatic herbs, with floral touches, fennel and freshly cut grass. On the mouth full, fruity and dry with a long finish. The wine has a balanced acidity and an attractive bitterness that is characteristic of the varietal.
Ideal with salads or fish, also with white or lean meat dishes.