We are a small, family-owned and operated winery founded in 1990. Our goal is to produce wines that are a true reflection of our land. Through attentive dedication to the vineyard, we achieve healthy harvests in a perfect state of maturity and create sincere wines with great personality and unique character.
Situated at the top of the Ulla River valley in the province of A Coruña, 15km from Santiago de Compostela.
In 1980, we began the reformation of the native vines as well as planted new Albariño. Ten years later, the winery was inaugurated and served as a pioneer of Ribeira del Ulla, the fifth sub-zone of D.O. Rías Baixas. The story of the winery extends far beyond 1980 and is an authentic piece of Galician history. The estate upon which the winery resides was the residence of Don Antonio López Ferreiro (1837-1910), canon of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, discoverer of the tomb of Saint James, and one of the great Galician writers. His masterpiece, La Historia de la Santa A.M. Iglesia de Santiago de Compostela (The History of the Church of Santiago de Compostela), consists of 11 volumes. Don Antonio made his wine in our 400-year-old stone lagar, which is still in use by the winery today.
Our vineyard is situated at an average height of 225 meters above sea level, with the vines positioned in an east/west orientation. The Ulla River valley is characterized by an Atlantic climate and soils that are mostly sandy loam, ideal for grapevines. Our vines are trained on trellis or espalier, with a distance between plants and rows of 1.20m and 2.25m, respectively. In this way we promote competition between the vines and achieve a vegetative stoppage just at the beginning of veraison to achieve a perfect ripening. Thanks to our on-site climatic station, in collaboration with the Xunta de Galicia, the daily control of humidity in the soil and environment, hours of sunshine, and day and nighttime temperatures, affords us the ability to minimizing the use of phytosanitary treatments.
Our maxim is to make sincere wines without oenological rectifications. In our small winery, we ensure the wines evolve slowly and in no case accelerate the process. The result is wine of great complexity and personality. We set the date for harvest in late September to early October based on a careful monitoring of the optimal sugar level and acidity of the grapes. The grapes are harvested by hand and gently transported to avoid breakage and the resultant oxidation of the must as well as an excess of volatile acidity. Once the grapes are selected, the best clusters are destemmed and crushed to be cold macerated, to increase the concentration of the primary varietal aromas. After maceration, the must is drained into a stainless steel tank, where it will ferment at a controlled temperature of 16º C. Once fermentation is finished, we stabilize and clarify the wine and let it sleep in the cellar for at least six months before bottling.
The winery’s oenologist, Pablo García Cebeiro, known affectionately as Paul, continues the tradition started by his grandfather in nearby San Miguel de Sarandón. Paul has always had a predilection for the world of wine. “My grandfather was a winemaker in the Ulla River valley. I grew up planting Albariño vines, I almost carry it in my DNA.” Through his father, the founding winemaker of Pazo de Galegos, Manuel García Gómez, Paul would learn firsthand a professional oenological approach to winemaking. Don Manuel was one of the architects of the Ulla River valley entering the D.O. Rías Baixas as a fifth sub-zone, Ribeira del Ulla, in 2000.
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