Condes Albarei – Áine 2017
Albariño. D.O. Rías Baixas.
This wine from the Condes de Albarei winery is called after Áine, the Celtic goddess of the air and wine, the mistress of our dreams and illusions, as well as the daughter of the sea god.
Albarei “ÁINE” is made with grapes from our vineyards bathed by the waters of the Ria of Arousa, which have a “magical” influence on the maturing process, giving the Albariño grapes a peculiar reddish colour, after which this wine is named.
TASTING REPORT: The main characteristic of “Albarei Áine” is its subtle and, at the same time, complex aromas, with saline hints, very refreshing on the palate with a marked mineral content, which ensure a long, excellent evolution in the bottle.
Adega Condes de Albarei has its own vineyards, featuring an extensive cultivated area and the necessary equipment to control the wine production processes from the origin.
Cultivation of Albariño grapes involves meticulous control and care of the vine throughout the entire year up to the harvest, on the part of the winery’s field experts.
Adega Condes de Albarei was established in 1988 by several enthusiastic vine growers from the Salnés Valley, who dreamed about making top-quality Albariño wines. The winery soon became a point of reference within the “Rías Baixas” Designation of Origin.
In 1991, Condes de Albarei was awarded the gold medal at Bordeaux’s Challenge International du Vin. This prize, the first one obtained by a Spanish white wine, helped the winery to internationalise its wines, selling them in a wide range of markets in countries such as Britain, the United States, Mexico or Japan.
It was in the year 2008 that Condes de Albarei purchased the Pazo Baión winery, undertaking an important vinicultural and wine-tourism project.
Adega Condes de Albarei makes highly renowned wines with Albariño grapes, a variety with a great aromatic expression and long tradition of cultivation in the Salnés Valley.
The Salnés Valley is one of the five sub-zones that belong to the “Rías Baixas” Designation of Origin.
It is the region with the designation of origin’s greatest area of vines, centred on the municipality of Cambados.
The region has an Atlantic influence featuring mild mean temperatures and high precipitation, with poor, sandy soils that are ideal for cultivating the Albariño grape variety.