Val Do Sosego.
Rias Baixas, Spain
- Rias Baixas
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Bodegas as Laxas has been family owned and run since its creation in 1863. It is located in the Condado de Tea area of the Rías Baixas region, on the terraced banks of the Padre Miño river giving it the perfect southern exposure. Lots of intense sunshine, tempered by mild, humid Atlantic winds, are ideal viticulture conditions.
Rías Baixas DO only started in 1980 and Bodegas as Laxas was one of the first wineries to be awarded the status of DO. The land required for Albariño is low-lying, generally not higher than 300 metres, close to the sea and on the bank of a river which allows for the perfect Atlantic influences to effect the growth. These climactic features and the topography of the land provide the Albariño grape with its very aromatic and fresh characteristics. Excellent location, a tradition of winemaking handed down over many generations and a fully modern winery combine to produce a stellar Albariño.
"White from Spain's cool, wet north-west, where the Atlantic storms dump more rain than in Manchester. Thankfully it’s also hotter than Manchester, so grapes can ripen, up to a point. But they never lose the sense of cool and moisture. This wine is soft, even slightly chubby, but that only serves as a vehicle for the cool fruit of pears and white peach and the pithy bitterness of grapefruit zest. And all the time you sense the grass glistening with dew, the cliff rocks washed with rain."
Val Do Sosego
A south-facing terraced landscape overlooking the River Miño, our vines are exposed to the humid, warm Atlantic winds and intense sunlight that capriciously caress the aristocratic Albariño fruit, in these lands generous with plenty. In Arbo stand the triple stone cross and an original Celtic votive tower in the parish. It is well worth visiting the tower and ruins in Fornelos (XII cent.), the Barreiro country mansion (XVI cent.), the Romanesque apse of the Church of San Pedro de Crescentes (XIII cent.) and the chapel and remains of the Albeos monastery