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    Bodegas Ordóñez Rueda


    Spain, Rueda, Rueda


    Winery Overview

    Bodegas Ordóñez first began working Rueda in 2011. This is Jorge's third stint in Rueda after founding two other pioneering wineries in the region. As one of the pioneers and champions of traditional Spanish viticulture outside of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Jerez, Jorge has always valued Verdejo tremendously. The white variety of the Spanish medieval court, Verdejo has a rich history of producing high quality white wines in Spain. Unfortunately, much of that history vanished during the 20th century, when after the phylloxera Rueda was bastardized by cooperative wineries and modern viticulture - focused on irrigated, fertilized, and trellised vineyards. Genetic selection for productivity and the introduction of foreign varieties like Sauvignon Blanc permeated the entire region. Jorge's philosophy has always focused on the old clones of Verdejo planted in the southeastern sub-appelation of Rueda, where due to the sandy soils many of the head trained vineyards are ungrafted or pre-phylloxeric. Bodegas Ordóñez works with estate vineyards and purchased fruit from vineyards. All of the vineyards are head trained, dry farmed, and planted between 1885 and 1970. Both Nisia and Nisia las Suertes are aged on the lees for a minimum of eight months.


    The winery both owns vineyards and buys fruit from vineyards planted between 1885 and 1970. All of the vineyards are head-trained, dry farmed, and ungrafted. They are all planted on stony-sandy soils that are phylloxera resistant, at 800M above sea level on the Spanish central plateau. These are conditions that are responsible for tremendous temperature swings between day and night.


    The vineyards are planted in the southeastern subzones of D.O. Rueda, around the town of Puras. These are vineyards planted in sandy soils mixed with the occasional river stone, deposited by the Duero river several millenia ago. These vineyards are planted between 700 and 800M above sea level on Spain's north-central plateau. Due to the sandy soils, these are the only vineyards in Rueda that resisted the phylloxera.


    The result of the sandy soils is that Nisia is produced from 100% ungrafted vineyards of Verdejo, planted between 40 and 80 years ago. These vineyard are all dry farmed, and cared for with the most sustainable and traditional methods possible. There is no use of fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or irrigation. All of the vineyards are head trained and dry farmed.


    After undergoing a short cold soak and sorting, the grapes are partially destemmed and crushed. The must ferments 60% in neutral 500L & 600L puncheons and demi-muids and 40% in stainless steel tanks.


    The wine is aged on the lees for 6-8 months following the primary alcoholic fermentation.

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