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The region, which has been famous for its white wines for centuries, was initially classified as a DO exclusively for white wines as early as 1980. The calcareous soils and the location of the vineyards at 600 to 800 metres above sea level predestine the area for the production of fresh, lively, juicy, fruity white wines that are more reminiscent of wines from more northern climates.

The main variety here is Verdejo, which must be present in white Rueda at a minimum of 50% without specifying the variety (if the variety is specified on the label, it must be 85%), plus Viura, Palomino and increasingly Sauvignon Blanc, which may now also be specified on the label and bottled as a single variety.