Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ribeiro, where the Treixadura rules

Viñedos Aurea Lux

There are many varieties of grapes that are part of this land of exceptional beauty: Albariño, Godello, Loureiro, White Caiño, Lado .. if we talk about whites. Mencia, Sousón, Caiño and Brancellao if speaking of red, but certainly the Queen is the Treixadura.

Our wine route takes us on this occasion by Avia river lands, full of vineyards and small wineries, some of which made ​​the wine serving traditional methods and organic farming, and the land surrounding the Miño, the mythical  Galician river.

There we stop in Esposende, (Cenlle), in the cellars Aurea Lux , small  adega (cellar) of organic production where we are received by Magdalene, the sales manager, and apart from showing some of their vineyards, and meticulous winemaking process gives us the opportunity to taste high quality wines: Leive a young treixadura very lively and fruity, Paradigm Leive a "blend" of treixadura, Albariño and Loureiro, "complex, fresh and fruity aromas marked"; Preto Leive, another "blend "but this time red, a wine worth trying, given its Atlantic character, mineral, with its acidity well integrated into the wood, and Relic Leive a" blend "of no less than six native grape varieties, with at least ten months in oak, which gives a wine of great complexity and very like the French Burgundy wines.

Pazo (Manor house) de Ulloa.

Already in the Ribera del Miño, another surprise awaits us, the adega Pazo Casanova , located in Santa Cruz de Arrabaldo, near the city of Ourense. There awaits us Faustino Sotelo, owner of the winery and everything that surrounds it, the two manors, ten hectares of manicured vineyards and integrated into the landscape, forests ... To further magnify the beauty of the place, its slopes present us with magnificent views of the river Miño. After the pleasant visit to their vineyards, where unusual live lovingly godello varieties, treixadura, loureira, and Albariño, takes place the grand tasting where we tasted their wines and spirits.Tried Casanova a white Ribeiro fruit blend of four grapes (Treixadura, Godello, Albariño and Loureira), fruity and complex wine which integrates both ripe fruit with spice and minerals. A wine to discuss their special characteristics. It was followed by Casanova Máxima, a wine that aims to surprise, original from the moment have spent five months in tank on their own lees*, and a brief period of three months in barrel. The final product is unique, and not indifferent because of their complexity; mineral and fruity at the same time, persistent mouth and nose. Finish off testing his homemade liqueurs magnificent coffee, herbs, white ...

Pazo (Manor house) Casanova
Aurea Lux barrels

 Is Ribeiro, an area crisscrossed by rivers, where the vinyards hug the hills and give the landscape a dreamy imprint. A land where History is perceived, and how could it be otherwise, to top off the visit that otherwise would become incomplete, finish off the visit in the capital of Ribeiro, Rivadavia, where in addition we are fortunate to match an event in the Church of Mary Magdalene, "wine tunnel" where we tasted different wines from local wineries. 

More Pictures from the trip

Santa Magdalena. Rivadavia

lees*- Solids (especially yeast residues) accumulated in the bottom of the tanks after fermentation the wine. Ageing on lees aging peculiar system in which the wine evolves together with its lees.

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