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.
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.