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The Rueda region of Castilla y León has a remarkable history. Rueda was once called "Tierra de Nadie" (meaning "Nobody's Land"), because it was the battleground between Christians and Muslims. From a winemaking standpoint, the Rueda region was known for centuries for producing oxidized, over aged, fortified white wines made with the native Verdejo grape and the Palomino de Jerez varietals. It is curious that Rueda was known for producing only white wines, all be it poor quality, because Rueda is in the middle of the country and most of Spain's white wines are produced along the coast. After being struck by phylloxera in 1909, the region struggled for another half century to regain its reputation, as unfavorable as it was. Marquis de Riscal was aware of the excellent growing conditions that existed in Rueda with its flat landscape, soils rich in iron and limestone, and four season continental climate. Finally in 1972, Marques de Riscal established a winery in Rueda with the aim of producing a white wine of the same caliber as their red wines from Rioja. Their modern style of vinifying white wine spread throughout the region and inspired other producers to do the same. Rueda soon became a leading source of fresh, spicy white wines, made from the Viura varietal for the low price category, Verdejo for the mid price range, and Sauvignon Blanc for the high price portion. Today, Rueda competes as the home of some of the finest white wines of Spain.

View the wines in Frontier's portfolio from Rueda.