Via Arxentea Treixadura Godello, DO Monterrei

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Via Arxentea Treixadura Godello is white wine blend from the DO Monterrei in Galicia, north west Spain. It is a little known DO that established in the 1980s but it had its DO status suspended and it was not reinstated until 1994. It is the smallest of the Galician DOs and it has the warmest and driest climate in Galicia. It is located in the Ourense province at the south east of Galicia adjacent to the Portuguese border. Most of the vineyards are located on valley slopes either side of the River Tamega where the soils have a deep red colour and a high clay content.

The winery was founded by Manuel Guerra Just, who had spent many years working for other wineries, decided to branch out on his own. There are only 4 hectares of vineyards producing some 10,000 litres of wine mainly from the white grape varieties Treixadura and Godello alongside some red Mencia grapes. The name “Via Arxentea”, literally translated as “ The Silver Route”, the local name for the important pilgrimage route of El Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela. Manuel Guerra Justo is responsible for everything at Via Arxentea from the vines to the winemaking. Someone who does this is known as a “Colleitero”. There are 1200 case of white wine and 700 cases of red wine produced with a little assistance from consultant winemaker Alvaro Bueno.

Via Arxentea Treixadura Godello is a 50 / 50 blend. The grapes are all harvested by hand from the estate and are fermented using indigenous yeasts. The grapes are destemmed and undergo a period of maceration for 6 hours at 8C. The grapes are then gently pressed and left to settle on the lees for 76 hours in process known as “trabajo de lias”. The wine is finally fermented and then aged on the lees for a months and is not oak aged. It is simply a pure expression of Treixadura and Godello grapes.

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