10 curiosities you have to know about the VERDEJO grape:
1. It is a grape of great quality, one of the best white grapes of Spain and the one that best represents the Denomination of Origin Rueda, Spain.
2. It is considered native to the county Land Medina del Campo (South of the province of Valladolid, Castilla y León, Spain) and implanted there by the Mozarabs around the XI century.
3. Usually, it is harvested at night to maintain the grapes at a temperature of 10-15ºC, rather than the daytime temperature (in September, can reach among 28º- 30º C). The advantages: a cooler, less oxidation and browning of the must.
4. It produces very aromatic, fresh, glycerol, soft, balanced and full-bodied wines. Its flavor and aroma have vegetal undertones, like grass and white flowers, with hints of fruit and excellent acidity.
5. The color of the wine is pale greenish yellow. They have a bitter touch in the mouth that offers very unique flavors.
6. Verdejo grape is also known with other names such as: Button Gallo Blanco, Gouveio, Verdeja, Verdeja Blanca, Blanco Verdejo, Verdelho or Verdello.
7. The wines that include the word “Verdejo” in their labeling must contain at least 85% of Verdejo grape (and they typically contain up to 100% of it).
8. The Verdejo grape can be found in the Canary Islands too. Outside Spain, it can be found in Portugal and Australia.
9. It produces excellent young mono-varietal wines, or with Sauvignon Blanc and Macabeo. Its structure also allows fermentation and barrel aging.
10. Recently, the Verdejo grape is used for the production of sparkling wines too!