Pelayo de la Mata
Susana Pérez and Xavier Ausas
30 hectares, average age of vines is 30 year old. Vines planted in descending terraces towards the Mino river, creating a natural amphitheater facing south, bathed in extraordinary sunlight. The river stones on the hillsides and the alluvium soil on the riverbanks allow for optimal cultivation of the Albarino grape. The grapes are grown on trellises.
The Pazo San Mauro winery, located in DO Rias Baixas, was acquired in 2003 by Marqués de Vargas Family Wines & Estates from Rioja. Since then, the new owners have invested heavily in both the restoration of its magnificent buildings and the construction of a new wine cellar. The winery produces white wines from the Albariño grape; all grapes are grown in the estate’s own vineyards. The Pazo that overlooks the property is located in the parish of San Pablo de Porto, part of the town of Salvaterra do Miño. Built in 1591, shortly after the chapel that was erected in 1582 in honor of San Mauro, or San Amaro, the Pazo was the main dwelling of Pereira do Castro, a descendant of King Sancho I of Portugal.
The 75-acre estate is situated in a privileged location for the cultivation of the grape vine attributable to optimal soil conditions, an exceptional micro-climate, midday sunlight exposure and protection from northern winds. The Condado do Tea, where the winery is located, is the most southern area and therefore the sunniest. Because of this, a more complete and early maturity is achieved here, where harvesting can be carried out 15 to 20 days earlier and the required degree of alcohol can be guaranteed. The vines are planted in descending terraces towards the Miño River, creating a natural amphitheater facing south with extraordinary sunlight. The river stones on the hillsides and the alluvial soil on the riverbanks allow for the optimal cultivation of different varieties. The grapes are grown on trellises in restricted production and are exposed to optimal ventilation, resulting in the highest quality fruit. The average vine age is 30 years.