Producer: Dominio do Bibei
Wine Name: B+
Wine Region/ Appellation: Ribeira Sacra
Grape varieties: 100% Brancellao
Guide Price: 73 $
Our Rating: ++++++^ (6+)
About the area:
This wine region, located in inland
, dates back to the Romans who excavated the many terraces that are still present. Galicia
It is believed that Ribeira Sacra (“
”) takes its name from the 18 monasteries and hermitages that were founded in the early Middle Age, between the 8th and 12th centuries and which are located in the remote river valleys. The monks from these monasteries replanted the vineyards for their own consumption and maintained the grape-growing and wine-producing tradition until modern times. Sacred Shore
Steep vineyards jut into the Sil river, and the terraces are usually very small, making it impossible to mechanise vineyard activities such as pruning and harvesting. Access is often very difficult and at times only possible through the river.
Made up of rocky slabs with little soil, these vineyard sites are primarily planted with Mencia, but another varieties such as Brancellao or Merenzao for reds, and Godello, Treixadura, Dona Blanca and Albariño for whites are also approved as part of the Denomination.
The river’s influence is noticeable on the wine for its cooling effect.
Dominio do Bibei is located in the Quiroga-Bibei sub-area of the Ribeira Sacra D.O. Like all Ribeira Sacra sub-areas, is one of spectacular mountain ranges and chasing rivers, although is drier and harsher than the others sub-areas.
About the wine:
Grapes come from an spectacular vineyard in Pinol (Sober) owned by José María Prieto. Slate and schist soil, west orientation and over
300 m of altitude.