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Finca Garabelos, Rías Baixas, Spain

Finca Garabelos

Notas Frutales de Albariño is located in Tea County, D.O. Rias Baixas. They farm 13 hectares of their own vineyards, planted between 200-350 m. altitude, on the right bank of the river Miño. The vines have an average age of 25 years (more than 50 years old in some vineyards).

The vines are planted on trell, which allows them better aeration, thus avoiding the concentration of humidity, while the plant benefits from a greater foliar surface exposed to the sun, which leads to optimum maturation of the grape.

Being an inland area, the Atlantic winds here are attenuated, whilst still allowing the grape to develop salinity.  The harvest is done manually, with a first selection of grapes in the field and its transfer in aerated boxes of 16 kg maximum, to preserve integrity.

The vineyards are within a radius of less than 3 km. from the winery, allowing the grapes to arrive whole and in the best condition, making the second selection process upon arrival. After destemming and pressing the grapes, in a pneumatic press, the must is transferred to stainless steel tanks where cold fermentation takes place, in order to preserve all the aromatic potential. Once the fermentation is finished, the wine stays with its fine lees between 3 and 6 months.

The winery produces two wines that collect and express differently the characteristics of the land from which they come:  ‘Finca Garabelos’ comes from a single vineyard, and ‘La Trucha,’ blended from grapes accross all the winery’s vines.