Bodegas Viñedos de Nieva de Martue is located in the village of Nieva, northwest of the city of Segovia and in the most southerly portion of DO Rueda.The village is famous for its vineyards and wines produced from the local white grape variety Verdejo.With a thriving winemaking tradition that dates back hundreds of years to the Jeronimo monks, Nieva is a very favourable natural environment for the production of high quality wines, particularly white wines, which today enjoy worldwide renown. Its climatic conditions and altitude of over 850 metres, (the vineyards are the furthest east within DO Rueda) and the soil’s and climate’s special features (deep sandy soils with riverstones, and closeness to the Central Mountains with peaks of 2400m) give Nieva its continental climate with very cold winters and hot, dry summers, ideal for perfect ripening and lower risks of disease. It is this unique terroir that promotes white wines of exceptional quality, freshness, complexity and elegance. In fact, the vineyards around Nieva are often considered the 'Grand Cru' of the terroirs of Rueda.
Most bodegas in Rueda are found in the northern part where the soil is mostly clay, but here in the southern portion the soil is almost entirely sand with lots of river stones and a clay subsoil providing excellent quality. It is because of these soils that many vines in this area survived the ravages of phylloxera which wiped out most vineyards across Europe and why one can still find some of the oldest ungrafted, pre-phylloxera Verdejo, used solely in the production of Blanco Nieva Pie Franco. Nieva only works with the finest grape varieties permitted in DO Rueda: Verdejo and Sauvignon – they own 50 hectares of Verdejo, the native variety, and 5 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc.
Viñedos de Nieva was founded in 1989 by José María Herrero who acquired 60 hectares of vineyards which were in disarray, having been completely neglected for many years. It took a great deal of work and effort to restore these vineyards and especially to salvage many of the older vines of over 100 and up to 150 years old. In 2009, the Martue family purchased the bodega and all of its vineyards with the aim of elaborating Rueda wines in line with Martue´s philosophy of small production at the highest quality and at the best prices. It is this constant quality and the unbeatable price/quality relationship which has been the key to the success of this family winery. Viñedos de Nieva is now managed with great enthusiasm by family member Manuel González, the winery having recently been upgraded with all the latest technological advancements. Oenologist : Ignacio de Miguel.
The 2017 vintage has been one of the earliest in the history of DO Rueda, taking place in the most satisfactory environmental conditions of recent times which has meant that the grape harvested in this campaign is of excellent quality. However, Bodegas y Viñedos Nieva have suffered a significant decline in their 2017 harvest, 48% less than in 2016, owing to the devastating frost of 27 April 2017 as well as the severe drought experienced in the summer months.
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