Lauded by wine lovers around the world - The Albariño wines harvested from the vineyards of the Galician Rías offer a variety of crisp, mineral based wines with a unique saline touch. Combine the Albariños with the reds of the Ribeira Sacra region and the increasingly revered Mencía grape and one's wine palate is simply spoiled for choice. Here, courtesy of North West Iberia Wine Tours host; Adrian McManus - is a list of the best of the bunch..
El Palomar - Zárate
Eulogio Pomares is considered one of the best, if not the best winemaker in the Rías Baixas region. El Palomar is a Rolls Royce of the Albariño world. His vineyard dates back to the 16th century and his father was one of the founders of the now internationally famous Fiesta del Albariño held every year in late July.
Forjas del Salnés - Rodrigo Méndez
If El Palomar is a Rolls Royce, then Rodrigo's Finca Genoveva 2012 is the Bentley. The Méndez family have been making Albariño for generations with some family plots boasting vines that witnessed the invasion of Napoleon Bonaparte. Tasting Rodrigo's wines in beautiful Meaño, the heart of the Val do Salnés is a privilege.
Alberto's organic Albariños are already garnering him a cult following in the USA. Made in miniscule quantities, they are definitely worth checking out. Soverribas, possibly the Daimler of the bunch, is one that you should hunt down at all costs.
North West Iberia Wine Tours SL aim to show you the very best of the wine and gastronomy of this gorgeously captivating part of Spain. White wines are really only one part of the story. The Ribeira Sacra, one of the most stunningly beautiful wine regions in the world is only an hour and a half from your front door. Here the emphasis is on red wines made from the Mencía grape, currently making a name for itself around the world. Names like Algueira and Guímaro are the ones to look out for.
Adrian McManus is from the United Kingdom but has been living in Galicia since 1991. In 2002 he began writing for Living Spain Magazine, at the time the UK’s definitive publication on Spain and all things Spanish. His 2007 article on Cambados, “Cradle” of Albariño wine and its famous Fiesta del Albariño, Spain’s second most important date on the gastronomic calendar, caused something of a stir locally. In August of that year he was invited by the Most Serene Order of Albariño Wine to take the solemn oath of Knight of Albariño Wine, an honour shared with only four other foreigners to date, General de Gaulle of France, President Juan Perón of Argentina, Swiss winemaker Dr. Bruno Kammerer and the Japanese Ambassador to Spain. In June 2012 he was also proclaimed Defender of the Red Wine of the Salnés Valley in recognition for his contribution in the ‘defence and protection’ of the much loved Viño Tinto de Barrantes. His extensive contacts in the Galician wine industry have enabled him to be at the forefront of wine tourism in the region