When Jose Antonio Merayo realized his life-long dream to have his own winery, his choice of D.O. Rueda was not arbitrary. The Duero River flows through the region’s northwestern corner and several tributaries branch off from the river to form soils that are perfect for cultivating grapes. The region, located at 700 to 800 metres above sea-level, consists of flat highlands with very long, cold winters, short springs with late frosts and dry, hot summers, only altered by untimely storms.
In this environment, vines are forced to search for water deep underground. The deep root systems result in grapes with perfectly balanced levels of sugar and acidity, and wines with a minerality tied to terroir. Today, Val de Vid owns 20 hectares of vineyards and controls another 60 in La Seca, in the heart of Rueda, which are planted exclusively with the Verdejo variety. Using modern equipment combined with traditional vinification, they produce white wines of exceptional quality and a singular expression of their soil and climate.