V for Verdejo

Ferran tasting Rueda

In which Ferran tastes 60 Ruedas and discovers a village that deserves to be a grand cru. See also Rueda can age.

Rueda as we know it would not exist today were it not for two people: Francisco Hurtado de Amézaga (fifth generation of the Herederos del Marqués de Riscal family) and Émile Peynaud (Bordeaux-based oenologist and researcher who is credited with revolutionising winemaking in the second half of the 20th century).

It was in the early 1970s, when Peynaud, who was then working as a consultant for Riscal, was introduced to Verdejo, a local variety of which there...