Quinta Couselo is located in the subzone of O Rosal, on the southern limits of the mouth of the river Miño, and East of the Atlantic Ocean, entirely within the DO Rías Baixas. The soils benefit greatly from a special Atlantic micro-climate with mild temperatures, abundant in rainfall and the necessary hours of sunlight for an appropriate maturation of the grapes.
The vineyards grow on sedimentary soils rich in organic matter. They are are acidic and deep. The winery grows Albariño, Caiño Blanco, Loureiro and Treixadura. The vineyards are cared for with methods compatible with the protection and improvement of the environment (integrated production). Two different growing systems are used: trellises and the Galician Pergola.
Finca "A Cheira"
The “A Cheira” or “da quinta” property, where the winery is located, spans 4.9 acres of vineyard (mainly Albariño vines over 30 years of age, together with Loureiro and Caiño Blanco vines which are trained under the Pergola system). It is enclosed within the original walls built by Cistercian monks.
The two stone pines, which inspired the winery branding, are situated in the center of the Quinta estate and have persevered through O Rosal's history for the last 250 years. Year after year, with the beginning of the warm season, the outside of the winery is treated with great care to maintain a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The river Carballas or Tamuxe, last of the Miño´s tributaries, borders the southwest end of the property.
The "Sobral" or "mountain" estate is a plot located in an exceptional site 164 feet above sea level. It faces southwest, allowing for greater sun exposure, giving optimum ripening conditions to the grapes. It covers an area of 229,659 square feet with approximately 7.4 acres of Albariño vines over 15 years of age. The two training systems exist here as well: Trellis and Pergola. Its slate soil is quite rare in the area.
In addition to owning their own vineyards, for over 20 years they have been buying grapes from other winegrowers in the O Rosal area. Their cultivation process is controlled by technicians from Quinta Couselo. The winery is very aware of the influence that the growing process has on the quality of wine, which is why they do not allow the use of systematic fungicides in the vineyards. Our Wines
All of the wines are made with estate grapes or from long-term grower vineyards. The winery carries out rigorous and continuous controls. Harvesting is done manually, transporting the grapes to a refrigerated container with a constant temperature of 46-50ºF. After selecting the grapes bunch by bunch on a vibrating table, the grapes are destemmed and then left in contact with their skins before undergoing pneumatic pressing to obtain a high quality must. Once completed, the wine is racked and placed into stainless steel vats for fermentation. Fermentation is completed at a controlled temperature of 61º F.