Winery Profile: Condes de Albarei

Winemaker: Andrea Obenza

Condes de Albarei was founded in 1988 by a small group of vine growers from the Salnés Valley, who united their efforts and vineyards to make and market excellent, high-quality Albariños. Condes de Albarei was the first Spanish white wine to earn a Gold Medal at the Challenge International du Vin in Bordeaux in 1991, and ever since, their wines have earned the highest recognition in both national and international competitions. Today, Condes de Albarei is a benchmark in D.O. Rías Baixas; Condes de Albarei Albariño is the flagship brand of the winery. In 2008, Condes de Albarei acquired Pazo Baión winery, a distinguished property with 54 acres planted with Albariño vines. Pazo Baión is a single vineyard, estate-bottled Albariño that rests on fine lees for six months with a limited production of 40,000 bottles. The winery is also sustainable.

Albariño Characteristics:
Albariño is a unique variety because of its small-size grapes and berries, high aromatic intensity and an acidity and freshness that make us enjoy our scenery by drinking a glass of wine.

Favorite Place in Galicia:
Cabo Home – it is a small coastal area. The horizon overlooking the ocean, the sunset, the sounds of the waves, the Atlantic breeze and a glass of Condes de Albarei are the perfect combination to enjoy a great moment in Galicia.

On Winemaking:
Condes Albarei’s Albariño stands out thanks to its characteristics such as its distinctive varietal character, openness and aromatic intensity. It is fresh, full-bodied and saline. It is known for combining traditional and modern winemaking techniques, taking special care of the grapes from the vineyard to the bottle in order to make an Albariño that expresses our terroir.

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