Name of varietal: Verdejo
Common synonyms: Palido
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Rueda, Spain
History of the grape: Verdejo has existed in the region for centuries, thought to have first been planted by the Moors who settled there in the 12th century. But like many indigenous white grapes in Spain, it was mostly wiped out during the late 19th century Phylloxera crisis, and replanted with other grapes from hybrid vines that are easier to grow, like Palomino. However, in the 1970s, Bodega Marques de Riscal saw the potential in reviving traditional local grapes and replanted Verdejo in Rueda. Other bodegas followed and today, Verdejo is the signature grape of the region. Since barrel aging masks the inherent bright flavors of the varietal, most of the wines are produced to be consumed young and fresh. 
Characteristics of the grape: bright, fresh, acidic, lemon, green apple, pear, kiwi, grassy, fennel, mushroom. 
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  • Yllera Verdejo Frizzante 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by Noeliaov

  • Bl8 Birlocho Rueda Pradorey 2009


    Not super happy with this old vine blend of Verdejo and Viura from Rueda. It's super light, acidic, zippy and grapefruity, light bodied. I read that this wine goes through malolactic fermentation in steel before spending 3 months on the lees...I thought there is a certain creamy/leesy depth, but nothing very noticeable.The acid almost makes the ... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Marqués de Riscal Blanco 2012


    Pale yellow with a slight greenish hue, this light bodied wine smells like asian pear, honeydew, and clover honey. Tastes of the same with some raw pineapple/sweet ruby grapefruit notes. Light bodied with lots of mouth watering acid - a very bright and crisp wine. Medium to long in length. I like this one, but don't love it because I would like ... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Buil and Gine 17 XI Montsant 2008


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    Wine review by juliecorc

  • If you were a big commercial operation, I would advise against taking out the ... to make Txakoli, Macabeo, Verdejo, or maybe some others, like Xarel-lo.I'd try any one of them. But again, it's easy for me to say - it's not my money. BTW - what about things like Chenin Blanc? That used to be planted a but more widely and some wasn't too ba Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon's Smallest

  • Hi, I'm Tom Vail.  With my wife Marion, we grow pinot noir and pinot gris in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA.  Our label is Calamity Hill Vineyard and Farm.  We produce fewer than 100 cases of pinot noir and 50 cases of pinot gris each vintage.  Our tasting room is only open Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and this year on the weekend prior to Than... Read More

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  • Marqués de Riscal Blanco 2012


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    Wine review by clarioss

  • Spain has done an impressive job promoting and disseminating their reds wines, ... 87pts 2010 Gran Familia Verdejo Rueda Privada Castillo y Leon 13% $12 Melon, pigskin, and wet stone aromas greet the nose, along with a spark of flint. A lean, modest wine with nice tart melon flavors laid over a fairly mineral base. This is a bit austere in the... Read More

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  • Gran Familia Verdejo Privada White Imported-Spanish 2010


    Melon, pigskin, and wet stone aromas greet the nose, along with a spark of flint. A lean, modest wine with nice tart melon flavors laid over a fairly mineral base. This is a bit austere in the mouth, with some quince notes building on the back end and through the fairly long, and fairly intensely flavored finish that shows some peach character. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bodegas Y Vinedos Shaya Verdejo Arindo 2012


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  • Currently I am swaffing Verdejo Viuras to drink on its own or with food.on a regular basis when I want a change from our local reds here in Murcia/Andalucia. I dont have the language for descriibing them well except to express the lovely pleasure on mynose and tongue and in my sense of well being. I can pick up some really delicious ones from...

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