Once used only for making sherry-like wines from the Palomino grape, Rueda has found it's white savior. The Verdejo grape, grown here for centuries, was found to create a dry, refreshing white wine in the 1970's. By 1980, Rueda had its own DO.
The white wines of Rueda can be single varietal Verdejo, or they can be blended with other white grapes, such as Viura (the primary white grape of Rioja) or Sauvignon Blanc
. Either way, the wines are light and fruity, refreshing and dry. The area also makes red wine and there are still fortified wines to be found.