Winery Profile: Altos de Torona

Winemaker: Pablo Ibañez Sarmeinto

This sustainable winery has a 100-acre vineyard located on the slope of Monte Galelo (in the municipality of Tomiño, Pontevedra). Although it is near the Atlantic and the river Miño, its hillside location does not affect the mists and humidity of the valley or the cold in the summits. Its southern location guarantees plenty of sunshine, which contributes to the grape’s maturation.

Wine Characteristics:

The Galician climate is the most optimal place to develop the Albariño grape. The Atlantic climate that is characterized by frequent rain showers and mild temperatures favor the variety since it needs a necessary amount of humidity to fully develop. Albariño usually has a pale-yellow color that is accompanied by a hint of green tint. It has a bright and striking character that makes it very appetizing. It’s very intense aroma results in fruity scents such as white fruit, apple, citrus pineapple, and apricot, while also incorporating floral notes such as jasmine and other white flowers. Balsamic and spicy notes are also present. Albariño has a very good body with an alcohol content of 11–13 %, which leads to a pleasant aftertaste and wide nuances that make it stand out in relation to other varieties of wines.

Favorite Place in Galicia:

It is Santiago de Compostela. For the cultural richness it has, the city is the final stop of one of the greatest pilgrimages in the world and it is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.

On Winemaking:

Our wines have complex aromatic scents with fresh and ripe fruits. Our wines are intense with nuances of stone fruits and tropical touches of passionfruit and mango. We produce gourmet wines that are structured with a sharp balanced vivacity and a long, persistent finish. The aromas and flavors of the varieties complement each other well.

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