A classic, lively and highly refreshing Albariño which pays tribute to its homeland the Rías Baixas.
Here in Spain’s far north-western corner, it is a wonder that vines grow at all in the exceptionally damp conditions. Spain’s native Albariño grape however, flourishes here due to its protective, thick skin and can produce wines of great distinction.
The D.O. of Rias Baixas (D.O. stands for ‘Designation of Origin’ which designates high quality and geographical regulations) is known to produce some of the very best examples of the Albariño grape variety. It has a distinctive, peachy note and often, a light, refreshing spritz which makes it the perfect partner for the local seafood.
The coastal area of Rias Baixas is located in the south of the greater region of Galicia which also boasts a mountainous, rugged inland with quiet country lanes and ancient stone crosses hinting at religious tradition.
We find the Adegas Galegas winery surrounded by fragrant pinewood trees, in the most southerly part of the Rias Baixas region close to the Portuguese border and next to the River Miño. ‘Adegas Galegas’ are simply the Galician words for “The Galician Winery”.
Despite only being founded in 1995, the winery has succeeded in its quest to combine production of classic, traditional varieties with high quality, modern winemaking techniques. Pepe Rodriguez, who is managing director of the winery, was a pioneer in the evolution of the Galician wine scene. He is known as the father of modern Albariños and was responsible for putting Rias Baixas in the map.
This Albariño from Adegas Galegas has won many awards including numerous medals at the Decanter and International Wine Challenge wine awards and the ‘Best Spanish Winery’ accolade at Vinitaly in 2008.
Within this epic landscape, whipped by constant breeze and tides, grow some of the finest Albariño grapes.
The vineyards are between 50 and 150 metres above sea level and enjoy an exceptional, mild microclimate ideal for ripening. This gives a high sugar content in the grapes and a lower acidity level than in other parts of the Rías Baixas. The climate is mild with lots of rain and the sandy loam is ideal for deep root penetration.
The philosophy of the Adegas Galegas is sustainable’ with a focus on ‘Integrated Pest Management’ techniques - an ecological approach to the management of pests in the vineyard, aimed at limiting the use of harsh pesticides.