Rueda, along with Galicia and Jerez, is the most famous region for white wine in Spain. After a great many visits to bodegas, and, of course, lots of wine tasting, we selected the wines of Viñedos de Nieva. This bodega is located in the far southeast of D.O. Rueda, near Segovia.
Nieva has about 55 hectares of its own vineyards (mostly Verdejo, but also Sauvignon Blanc) supplemented by a steady supply from neighbouring winegrowers, from vines sometimes more than 100 years old.
Whereas many winemakers mix the more expensive Verdejo grape with Viura, Viñedos de Nieva boast that their Verdejo wines are made 100% from this typical Rueda grape. They also grow Sauvignon Blanc, a grape that reaches a full and fruity ripeness in Rueda.
The wines of Viñedos de Nieva receive very high ratings in professional wine guides, for example, the Guía Peñin often gives them a 90+ score.