Galicia \\ Spain
Pazo de Villarei was founded in 1993, making it one of the oldest cellars in the Rías Baixas region. Their Rosal vineyard is the largest private single holding of Albariño in Galicia, covering more than 100 hectares. We love their wines from the Val do Salnés, the westernmost, coolest part of Rías Baixas.
The Albariño grapes for Abadia do Seiko are grown between 100 and 300 metres above sea level, on the well-drained slopes along the Umia river. Unoaked but with some lees ageing, it has wave after wave of ripe apple & peach Albariño goodness. Villarei is partially barrel-fermented and aged on the lees for six months. It's a richer wine, sapidly salty, with aromatic tropical fruits and a rock-hard mineral core.
In Valdeorras, HGA Bodegas make classy Godello - Vecrima - while in Ribeira Sacra some just as classy Mencía - Sacrima - which gives the best of Bierzo a run for their money.
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