VAL DO SALNÉS
A HISTORIC LOCATION
The Salnés valley, a subarea of the DO Rías Baixas with a strong ocean influence, is the birthplace of Albariño. Pazo Cilleiro is located in Meis, a village in the heart of this maze of gentle valleys which run into the estuary. Near the winery, the beautiful Armenteira monastery, built in Galician Romanesque style, bears witness to the long wine growing tradition of these lands.
TOP QUALITY IN SMALL PLOTS
Pazo Cilleiro obtains its precious Albariño grapes from a constellation of small plots spread across the length and breath of the Salnés region. Altogether, there are 80 hectares under vine cared for by 250 independent winegrowers with whom we have a close partnership.
Most of the vines are grown on trellis or pergola, the traditional training system in the region. Our experience tells us that it is suitable for the development and health of the grape and to bring the most out of the variety.
Practical and functional, Pazo Cilleiro’s winery has all the necessary technology and facilities to make quality wines. After a first selection in the vineyard, grapes are harvested at their peak moment of ripeness and alcohol. Once in the winery, grapes go through a second selection process and are gently pressed. The must is kept chilled and is racked and fermented under controlled temperature conditions. The wine is then stabilized at a low temperature and aged with its fine lees to enhance the aromas of the Albariño variety. The wine is laid to rest in the bottle before it goes on sale.