The Denomination of Origin Rueda was recognized on January 12, 1980 by order of the Ministry of Agriculture, being the first Denomination of Origin recognized in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León, after several years working for the recognition and protection of its native variety : The Verdejo.
The Denomination of Origin Rueda has a natural environment very favorable for the production of high quality wines, being an area specialized in the production of white wines, widely recognized internationally. Also, since August 5, 2008 red and rosé wines are covered by the Denomination of Origin Rueda date in which the current regulations of the D.O. Rueda in the Official Gazette of Castilla y León.
The production area covered by the D.O. Rueda is in the Community of Castilla y León and is made up of 74 municipalities, of which 53 are located south of the province of Valladolid, 17 west of Segovia and 4 north of Avila.
The different grape varieties cultivated are distributed irregularly by the different municipal terms that make up the D. O. Rueda. However, the vineyard reaches its highest concentration and intensity in the municipal terms of La Seca, Rueda and Serrada. It is the vineyard of the Verdejo variety that occupies the largest area.