Established in 2003, Señorío de Rubios currently has 105 partners working together to combine traditional and modern values and techniques in their winemaking.The Miño River runs through Señorío de Rubiós in the Condado do Tea sub-zone of Rías Baixas. Together with innovation comes a respect for the essence of Albariño and its natural taste which can only come from well-cared for and properly harvested grapes.
Señorio de Valei is located in the province of Pontevedra (Arbo), in a green area planted with vineyards along the Miño River. The family's history dates back to 1929, when a great-grandfather of today's winery, Francisco Jorge , acquired a small winery and vineyard for the enjoyment of his family and friends in Ribeira Sacra. His descendant Rogelio Jorge would eventually fall in love with Rías Baixas, and in particular with the sub-region of Condado do Tea. He founded Bodegas Señorio de Valei in 1994, with a focus on making Albariño wines from DO Baixas.
Señorío de Valei produces premium Albariño from grapes sourced in estate-owned vineyards, as well as from premier grower plots selected by the winery's technical team. The vineyards are trellised on traditional granite pergolas. Señorío de Valei uses the latest technology for production but also respects traditional processes that are less interventionist and more natural, avoiding industrial methods in favor of ecological practices. The winery continuously seeks quality improvements, allowing them to confront future challenges ranging from production and new wine releases to research (i.e. clonal selection, vine-growing and biodynamic treatments).
A premium boutique winery group, the Terras Gauda wineries were founded in 1989. The original Terras Gauda estates and winery are located in O Rosal, Rias Baixas,; the group also encompasses Pittacum in D.O. Bierzo and Quinta Sardonia in the Douro area, the most recent addition to the group founded by Peter Sisseck.
Terras Gauda is a leader in working with the heirloom varieties of Rías Baixas, including Albariño and the rare Caiño Blanco, an indigenous grape used in the O Rosal blend and showcased in the limited bottling, Terras Gauda La Mar. Caiño Blanco almost disappeared from Rías Baixas in the 1980s, until Terras Gauda rediscovered its high quality and launched an ambitious replanting program in 1989.
Our winery started as a family project. For over 100 years our family made a “house” wine. In 1998, my father Carlos Castro decided to make what had been a family tradition into a way of life.This is how Tomada de Castro (Carlos Castro), a small family winery located in the heart of the Rias Baixas, got its start. We own our own vineyards, which we know profoundly and work with great care to create distinctive wines. Our Albariños are a very important part of our family, and we love that audiences across the globe can enjoy them and appreciate the fruits of our labor.
Valdamor was founded in 1990 in the heart of the Salnés Valley in DO Rías Baixas. Located in Pontevedra, this winery produces wines that offer the maximum expression of the Albariño grape by placing the integrity of the varietal character first. Valdamor's name comes from an old Galician legend: two lovers from enemy families planted a vine that grew as their love intensified. This vine produced delicious grapes with an unprecedented flavor. Locals called this valley the "Valley of Love." In 2003, the winery was modernized, adding dynamism to the process and guaranteeing a unique quality and style for the wines. Today Valdamor is a notable winery for the DO Rías Baixas.
Veiga Naúm is the winery that the BodegasRiojanas S.A. Group has chosen to position itself in DO Rías Baixas, a wine region that produces the most renowned and reputed white wines in Spain. The line of wines is made exclusively with Albariño grapes from small plots of vineyards with an average age of fifteen years, located in the center of the Salnés Valley district. These wines possess the typical intense fruit of Albariño and stand out for their freshness and pleasing, complex mouthfeel.
An authentic farm Albariño. The Vineyard was planted in 2002 after two years of collecting more than 200 small farms plot by plot and more than 70 different owners; a clear reflection of the Galician “smallholding”. The chosen cultivation is Albariño trellis cultivation for more airy, sun-kissed and less acidic grapes than those obtained with other methods such as trained vines. Additionally, the vineyard avoids many the phytosanitary treatments applied in other subareas of the Appellation of Origin.
Viña Nora is located in the heart of Condado do Tea, bordering Portugal. Condado do Tea is the only inland sub-region out of the five Rías Baixas sub-regions. This unique location is noted for its granite and stone soils and less rainfall than the region's average. These features favor an early maturation of the grapes, resulting in wines with characteristic expression of Albariño and the terroir.
Viña Nora owns 39.5 acres of vines that grow in a mix of washed and decomposed granite and stone soils, which regulates the day's heat. The vines can avoid excessive humidity during the night and favor a better maturation. The winery also supervises about 100 small winegrowers who grow grapes throughout Condado do Tea, Val do Salnés and Ribeira do Ulla and provide Viña Nora with their grapes.
Viña Nora has vines of an average age of 25 years, which are are located on the natural terraces of the cliffs looking out on Miño River. The terroir and location requires manual harvesting.
The vines are grown on trellises, a common growing technique of the Rías Baixas region, reaching 6.5 feet high. The height helps protect the grapes from the soil's humidity and fungal diseases, and favors a complete maturity of the grapes with the great exposure to the sun.
The winery is surrounded by Albariño vines, which grow down the slopes that descend towards the river and face the sun.
Viña Nora's goal is to make authentic Albariño wines from Rías Baixas. With this objective the winery relies on the best technology, including small containers where microvinification is carried out to individually manage the characteristics of unique plots of land.
The personality of the wines is determined by careful vineyard-monitoring and appropriate maturation of the grapes.
Manual harvest occurs using 35.2lb boxes. The grapes arrive to the selection table after cooling in a chamber at 39.2°F. All of the pressing, clearing and fermentation processes are very meticulous, with the aim of maintaining the subtle aromas and fragility of the Albariño variety.
Only neutral yeasts are used, which help maintain the varietal characteristics of the wines that result from the region's unique climate and soil.
Nora da Neve is barrel-fermented following the Burgundian method in 600 and 225-liter French oak barrels with subtle char. A batonnage is carried out for 5 months, which gives body and complexity to the wine without affecting the variety's subtle nature.
In the heart of the Salnés Valley, BodegasVionta exemplifies a blend of tradition and modernity, offering amulti-disciplinary space in a state-of-the-art architectural building. The terraced vineyards, trellised ongranite pillars, produce excellent white and red grapes. They are, withoutdoubt, planted in one of the best and most cherished places in DO Rías Baixas. The climateis characterized by mild temperatures and abundant rainfall. The Albariñovariety reaches its best quality in this climate and soil, influenced by thelongest coastal plains of Galicia bordering the Atlantic Ocean. The climatic conditions, location, and theapplication of the most modern production techniques make these vineyards thehighest expression of quality from Bodegas Vionta.
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