Rueda produces five types of Spanish wine: the simple Rueda (minimum 50% Verdejo, supplemented with Palomino or Viura), Rueda Superior (minimum 85% Verdejo, mainly supplemented with Viura), Rueda Sparkling (minimum 85% Verdejo) and the much rarer Pálido Rueda and Dorado Rueda liqueur wines.

Rueda wines are mainly bottled when young but can also be aged in the cask. This latter category of wine is increasingly being produced from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, which are new to the area. Drink this Rueda Spanish wine for a temperature of 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).

Rueda Superior has greater character than the simple Rueda. Although it may be bottled young, the best wines are cask aged for six months or more. These Spanish wines smell of fresh grass, hay, herbs, aniseed, or wild fennel. You may be drink this Rueda Spanish wineat 53.6°(F12°C).


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Rueda Espumoso is made by the traditional method and will lay in its sediment in the bottle for at least nine months (in common with Cava). Some Rueda Espumosos can be very alcoholic at around 13%, but most are nearer 12%. If you like to drink this Rueda Spanish wine, check temperature at 42.8-46.4°F(6-8°C).

The old-fashioned sherry-like Pálido Rueda liqueur wine is a vino de flor, like its distant cousins of Jerez de la Frontera. In other words a film is formed on the wine during fermentation that protects it against further oxidisation. The wine has to be cask aged in oak for at least three years before it may be sold. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C), although some connoisseurs prefer to drink it at room temperature.

Dorada Rueda, which is probably of much earlier origins, is similar to rancio, in that it has been exposed to oxidisation and the sun while maturing. This Spanish wine may only be sold following at least three years maturing in oak casks with a minimum alcohol of 15% by volume.

Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine is 42.8-46.4°F (6-8°C) although some prefer room temperature of approx. 64.4°F (18°C).