VERDEJO WINE: CHARACTERISTICS AND FUN FACTS
We usually use the word “verdejo” to refer to white wines made from grapes of the verdejo variety. These grapes are famous because they’re the key ingredient for smooth, fresh wines with a certain sour flair. Keep reading to learn more about this grape variety and learn some little-know fun facts about this type of white wine. Did you know that we use Verdejo grapes to make wine in La Rioja?
VERDEJO WHITE WINE: FUN FACTS
The hottest months of the year are nearly upon us, and white wine is the order of the day to go with our apéritifs, lunches and dinners. They’re ideal wines and really tantalising for a good sip over the coming months. For a white wine to be called a Verdejo, it needs to be made only using these grapes or with at least 85% of them.
What stands out about these wines is their smoothness, fruitiness and freshness. The colour of Verdejo white wine is generally straw yellow with green shimmers, both clean and bright. In the mouth, we get nuances of fresh herbs and a slight bitter flair, which makes them even more tantalising and really easy on the palate.
THE VERDEJO GRAPE AND ITS CHARACTERISTICS
The white Verdejo grape variety is the result of crossing white castellana grapes and traminer grapes, which come from Italy. The most notable of their main characteristics are the following:
Compared with other varieties, they have smaller bunches, and they take on a greenish yellow tone when they ripen. Their translucent skin allows us to see the pips inside them when lit from behind.
They are one of the most important crops in Spain. These grapes can grow in dry climates, even in soil that is not necessary very fertile. Even though this variety is native to the Rueda Designation of Origin, it still grows in areas that fall within DOCa Rioja.
Currently, while used to create young wines, the Verdejo grape is also used to create crianza wines, since the structure of the grape allows for barrel fermentation and barrel ageing.
EL COTO VERDEJO
For a little summer tipple, either with your family or friends, we recommend having a bottle of El Coto Verdejo on hand. It is thought to be the first monovarietal white Verdejo wine to be produced in the Rioja Designation of Origin; in other words, it’s the first one to be made exclusively using Verdejo grapes.
Just after harvesting, the stalks are removed and the grapes are cold macerated and gently pressed in the winery, ensuring that they don’t come into contact with oxygen in the pre-fermentation process. Once the full fermentation process gets started, it takes place at 16 degrees centigrade to extract all of the grapes’ aromatic potential.
The vineyard is located in Finca Carbonera, one of the highest vineyards in the DOCa Rioja. If you love seafood, El Coto Verdejo is the perfect pairing for your feasts from the sea. It’s best to serve it at a temperature between 7 and 8 degrees centigrade.
Now that you know the main characteristics of verdejo white wine, why not take a look at this article on different types of white wine? You can learn all about how they are classified and find the best one for your tastes.