Rías Baixas, Spain
The Pazo Barrantes estate is owned by Rioja house Marqués de Murrieta since 1511. It wasn't until the 1990s that the estate's 16 hectares was given over to cultivating the local noble Albariño grape variety and producing wines in their brand new winery.
MEET THE WINEMAKERS
The climate in the Salnés Valley is maritime with vineyards located close to the Atlantic Ocean. The estate's vineyards are planted entirely with the local noble grape variety: Albariño.
The estate's vines are trained on a traditional high trellis system which allows for good air circulation in the humid conditions, as well as protecting the grapes from the intensity of the summer sunshine. The soils in the vineyards are granitic and free draining which allows the vines to develop deep roots to develop a true terroir character.
Winemaker Elena Cores was born in the nearby town of Cambados, in the heart of Rías Baixas. In 2008 she joined the Pazo Barrantes team. A strong advocate of the extraordinary personality of the Albariño grape variety, the team produce a range of varietally pure wines with a genuine sense of place.
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