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View of the limit between Valdeorras and Ribera Sacra, Galicia, February 2008

 

Valdeorras

This is the partners’ most recent project, even though it was the first region they visited together at the beginning of the 1990s, when their project was in its infancy. After visiting several towns, especially “Las Ermitas”, they were greatly impressed, especially when they met a grower who still pruned his vines using an implement from the Middle Ages. They are convinced that the meeting encouraged them to work in the region.

Their vineyard is called La Falcoeira, in the town of Santa Cruz. An ancient vineyard, it provokes memory of an older Galicia: a mysterious Galicia which combines Atlantic and Continental 

 

  influences. Dotted with chestnut trees mixed with rockrose, the old granitic terraces barely have enough space to squeeze in the odd row of vines, following the folds of the mountain that plunges into a tributary of the River Sil.

Phylloxera did enormous damage to this vineyard area. But today the surviving plots are achieving amazing things. They are planted with a mixture of varieties, but the company has focused its work on the native varieties, white Godello and red Mencía. Telmo and think that the area has enormous potential, and could be one of the great discoveries from the past.

 

Vineyard, Santa Cruz, Galicia, February 2008

 

Blocked doorway of a “Guarda Viñas”, Santa Cruz, Galicia February 2008