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The Granbazán story starts in the 1960s when Manuel Otero y Otero bought a land parcel planted with eucalyptus wood and feed for cattle. An entrepreneur, Otero dreamed of expanding the family's business of fine foods to fine wines. In the 1980s, his son, Manuel Otero Candeira, realized his dream with the construction of Granbazán, a chateau with a magnificent building surrounded by pergola trained vines. Granbazán’s attention to detail and high quality wine has been instrumental in the quality revolution in Galicia as well as in raising the reputation of Rias Baixas wines to their rightful place among the top white wines of the world.
The Granbazán winery is located in Vilanova de Arousa, very close to Cambados, the "World Albariño Capital." The soils here havea high granite content, grown 262.4 feet above sea level, with over 1500 mm / 60 in. of annual rainfall. The maritime influence is very intense, providing a distinctivesalty aftertaste, and a consistent ripening cycle. Harvest takes place thesecond half of September.Thefruit is hand-picked, then gently de-stemmed and cooledfor 8 hours at low temperatures in rotary macerators. Alcoholic fermentation takes place with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks.
Minimal invasive viticulture is a key practice to capture the elusive essence of theAlbariño grape. The ranges of wines produced at Granbazán have a common soul with crisp citrus fruit, and in some wines peach and green apple flavors, bakery aromas and a light musk fragrance. The leading wines are Granbazán Ambar and the Granbazán Verde. Ambar is produced from theproperty's oldest vines with a gentle lees aging and 100% free-runjuice, while the Granbazán Verde is very softly pressed, to produce a typical Salnes Valley Albariño style: dry, crisp and salty. Contrapunto is theyoungest Albariño release, and is very floral, crisp and refreshing. The Granbazán Limousin is aged for a minimum of 6 months in French oak barrels, resulting in a complex bouquet with tropical fruits and fine dry spices.