Winery Profile: Terras Gauda

Winemaker: Emilio Rodríguez Canas

A premium boutique winery group, the Terras Gauda wineries were founded in 1989. The original Terras Gauda estates and winery are located in O Rosal, D.O. Rias Baixas. The group also encompasses Pittacum in D.O. Bierzo and Quinta Sardonia in the Douro area, with the most recent addition to the group founded by Peter Sisseck.

Wine Characteristics:
Terras Gauda is a leader in working with the heirloom varieties of Rías Baixas, including Albariño and the rare Caiño Blanco, an indigenous grape used in the O Rosal blend and showcased in the limited bottling. Terras Gauda La Mar Caiño Blanco almost disappeared from Rías Baixas in the 1980s until Terras Gauda rediscovered its high quality and launched an ambitious replanting program in 1989.

Favorite Place in Galicia:
My favorite place is my house in Oia – facing the Atlantic Ocean, and in the back, the vineyards and green hills of Galicia.

On Winemaking:
We use a trailee system on 400 acres of the southeast estate Albariño, which was planted in 1980s. Terras Gauda O Rosal is created with a unique blend of 70% Albariño, 20% Caiño Blanco (increasing this percentage every year) and 10% Loureiro. Our 100% of our Albariño comes from the highest altitude vineyards in our estate.

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