Winery Profile: Santiago Ruiz

Winemaker: Luisa Freire

Santiago Ruiz is located in an idyllic, peaceful setting surrounded by several acres of old vines trellised in the traditional style. Lovingly housed in a charming 17th-century building, the winery perfectly combines time-honored tradition with the very latest advances in technology. The estate is based in the heart of the municipality of Tomiño. Here, in a spectacular expanse of soils rich in minerals and surrounded by forests, we cultivate 94 acres of native grape varieties that are true to our area: Albariño, Loureiro, Treixadura, Caiño Blanco and Godello. In 2007 Santiago Ruiz completed construction on a new winery in Tomiño at the foot of our vineyards, equipped with the most advanced technology.

Albariño Characteristics:
Albariño expresses its greatest potential in the south of Pontevedra and the North of Portugal. The Atlantic climate with mild winters and not too hot summers, together with acidic soils, help to have a variety with balanced acidity tones that are evident in the wine. In warmer zones, the acidity is lower and that influences the final appreciation of the wine. The fruitiness of the variety was for many years associated with the apple. Its complexity came with citrus, stone and tropical fruit flavors but also with acacia and other floral notes such as roses. On the palate, these tasting notes reappear, and together with the acidity, we are able to create a different wine that is very easy to drink and enjoyable.

Favorite Place in Galicia:
It is impossible to decide on just one place in my homeland, but I think watching the sunset in Galicia in whichever beach or small fishing port accompanied by my friends (or even alone and with a glass of Santiago Ruiz in my hand) is a special moment. The beauty and tranquility that are those moments are indescribable – it’s like seeing a good movie.

On Winemaking:
Santiago Ruiz is a wine that is born, not only from the Albariño grape as it is a blend, but from also four other varieties – all the autochthonous (Loureira Blanca, Treixadura, Godello and Caiño Blanco). They are all harvested at their optimum time and fermented separately. Together, they help develop a more complex wine for both the nose and the palate. Fruity notes, floral, aromatic herbs and even minerals are present in our wines. Together with the aging on lees, we have a wine that can hang on with time.

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