Rias Baixas, Spain

At a Glance
  • Ecologically farmed Albariño in O Rosal
  • Ripe concentrated fruit with tons of energy and a clean crisp finish
  • The vineyards are on the slopes of Mount Galeno on granite and sand

The Gomez family began cultivating grapes and making wine in 1954 in their "backyard". There home is in what is known today as the O Rosal section of the DO of Rias Baixas. Fast forward today and Horacio Gomez now cultivates about 94 hectares of vines on the slopes of Mount Galeno in Tomiño. At this location, they are overlooking the Miño river and also the Atlantic Ocean.

The vineyards are terraced and wire trained vines - not pergolas like in other parts of Rias Baixas. They grow Albariño, of course, but also Caiño Blanco, Loureiro, Treixadura and Godello. In fact, the traditional white of O Rosal is a field blend.

The soils here are granite based with a combination of sands and a permeable granite that gives a lot of added freshness and energy to the wines. All the farming is done ecologically minded with no use of herbicides or pesticides. The Gomez family even goes so far as to create ecological corridors for native plants and animals.

Winemaker Pablo Ibañez makes several wines. We will begin with there Albariño which is fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts and then aged on the fine lees for several months. The resulting wine is not as salty as the wines of Salnes, and therefore a tiny bit more concentrated in the mid palate but still very energetic and fresh.

Wines in Portfolio