Character: The Soil

Rocky Soil in RuedaRocky Soil in Rueda
The D.O. Rueda is located in the central area of the depression formed by the river Duero, on a smooth plateau blown by Atlantic winds. The area has alluvial and flood terraces on the banks of the river Duero and its tributaries, the rivers Trabancos, Zapardiel and Adaja. Dark grey-brown soils, rich in calcium and magnesium, stony but easy to farm, with good ventilation and draining, and limestone outcrops on the hilltops. Permeable and healthy, their texture varies from sandy-loamy to loamy.
The pH level of the soil is between 7 and 8. On the surface, this geological substratum has gradually evolved into dark grey-brown soils on autochthonous stony deposits, which, in turn, have led to the typical “gravelly” soils present in the best vineyards in the D.O. Rueda.

More Articles in this section

© 2018 The Culinary Institute of America