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Details for Leiras Albariño

AppellationRias Baixas
Albariño / Alvarinho
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Grupo Codorníu
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Galicia is the northwest corner of Spain, lying between the northern border of Portugal and the Bay of Biscay.  Cooler and wetter than the rest of Spain, this is largely white wine country.  There are five Galician D.O.s: Rías Baixas, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Monterrei.
Rías Baixas, on the Atlantic coast, is the largest and best-known.  The fragrant Albariño dominates here, producing bracingly sharp but lushly aromatic whites perfectly matched to the local seafood.  It rains a lot here but the sandy granitic soils drain well and the vines are trained high on pergolas to keep the grapes away from the damp ground and to benefit from the drying winds.
Further up the Miño river from Rías Baixas lies Ribeiro, where the dry whites also feature Albariño but are usually blends with Treixadura (the main grape here), Loureiro, Torrontés and Godello.
Further inland still, the breathtakingly steep terraced vineyards of Ribeira Sacra produce potentially the best reds of the region, mainly from Mencía, as well as fine Godello whites.  Mencía also features in Monterrei, the smallest and warmest DO, located in the southeast corner of Galicia where it gets warm enough to ripen Tempranillo.
Valdeorras is the easternmost and highest region.  This is the heartland of the Godello grape, which suits the slatey soils particularly well.  Younger unoaked examples resemble Chablis, while late-picked oak-aged versions are Spain’s answer to white Burgundy, and Albariño’s only real rival as Spain’s best white.

Grupo Codorníu

Codorníu invented Cava, producing the first Champagne-method Spanish fizz in 1872.  Today it’s the second-largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine in the world.  Still family-owned after nearly five centuries, it can also claim to be the oldest family firm in Spain.
Cava is still the core business, based at their historic winery at Sant Sadurní d'Anoia in Catalunya, which was designed by renowned modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch at the end of the 19th century and is now a National Monument.  But the Group now own eight wineries scattered across Spain, and two overseas in California and Argentina.
The first of these was Raimat in the Costers del Segre region, where in 1914 Miguel Raventós acquired a vast tract of barren land with a castle, and set about building a winery from scratch.  Today the vineyard covers 2000 hectares, making it the largest in single ownership in Europe.  It produces both Cava and still wines.
Subsequent growth has largely occured by acquiring established wineries in Spain’s most notable regions.  These include Bilbaínas in Rioja, Masia Bach in Penedès and Scala Dei in Priorat.  The most recent venture is Leiras in Rías Baixas.

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