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    Aquitania

    Albarino Val do Salnes

    Spain, Rias Baixas, D.O. Rias Baixas, Val do Salnes

    White

    Winery Overview

    Aquitania is the dream of business man, M. Aquin, who was born in a small village close to the winery. After developing other companies, M. Aguin decided to purchase vineyards in the heart of Rias Baixas and founded a winery in the town of Salnés for making wines from the traditional Albariño grape. For this project, he built an impressive and modern yet practical facility designed to make quality wine while respecting the essence of the grapes and avoiding chemical treatments.The vineyards are located no further than 8km from the winery in the subzone of the Salnés Valley and municipality of Cambados. This area is considered the capital of the Albariño grape par excellence. He purchased vineyards in scattered plots around the winery; some close to the sea and others more than 100 years in age. All of the plots are planted on granitic soils using the traditional arbour on 6ft granite poles. With this method, plants receive sufficient aeration from the often wet soil. The winemaker, Jose Manuel Amigo, is well known for his experience in the region and is considered one of the top experts of the Albariño grape. He has been working as technical director for some of the most popular Albariño wineries and continues to consult for several companies.

    Vineyard

    Pergola and Guyot pruning; granite subsoil occasionally surfacing to the bedrock

    Viticulture

    Pergola and Guyot pruning; 70-90 year old vines; granite subsoil occasionally surfacing to the bedrock.

    Vinification

    Cold maceration from first press.

    Aging

    Stainless steel aging on fine lees for 4-5 months.

    Scores & Ratings
    3 Stars
    New York Times
    87
    Wine Enthusiast
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