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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Rías Baixas, Galicia
People: Rodrigo Mendez, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
|Columna 2022 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO
|Columna 2023 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO
Northeastern Spain is known for making the best white wines on the Iberian Peninsula. Out of the 200+ indigenous grapes found in this area, Albariño is the queen.
Columna Albariño is produced from vineyards located next to the Miño River in Galicia (Northwestern Spain) within the Condado de Tea subzone of Rías Baixas. Out of the five subzones of Rías Baixas, Condado de Tea is the farthest south and inland from the Atlantic Ocean. The goal in producing Columna is to showcase the purity of the Albariño grape (100% unoaked) from a unique microclimate that produces richer, fuller, and, often times, more balanced Albariño wines.
The vineyards that produce this outstanding expression of Albariño are tended in the local and popular pergola trellis system, which was invented by the Romans during the 2nd century to maximize air circulation allowing for a better, drier ripening season. The landscape is abrupt and consists of several small river valleys. The soils are granite and slate based.