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If you’re looking for classic, OG Albariño, you’ve gotta start with Bodegas Zárate. Back in the 1950s, Ernesto Zárate was the first to bottle single-vineyard Albariño and the first to effectively put this racy, aromatic variety on the world’s vinous map. He pioneered the high-quality winemaking techniques that are still used today. He founded the annual Cambados Albariño Fiesta and won it so many times he had to withdraw permanently from competition.
Today, Eulogio Pomares, the seventh generation, is steering the winery into the 21st century with biodynamic farming and low-intervention winemaking. His vines are ancient—from the oldest documented Albariño vineyard in the area, planted before phylloxera in 1850—and he farms them with care. All new plantings are massale selections from the estate’s old vines. He uses local seashells and seaweed as treatments instead of insecticide and fertilizers. He hasn’t tilled the soils since 1994, allowing a diverse micro-ecosystem to emerge and nourish his vines. In turn, his vines produce flavorful wines that showcase the freshness of the nearby Atlantic ocean. These are age-worthy and complex, some of the best examples of the varietal you can find. With centuries of winemaking tradition under this family’s belt, Bodegas Zárate is an undeniable legend in the region—but it’s the vibrant, lip-smacking wines that keep us coming back.
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