'The Flower and the Bee' aims to introduce native Galician grapes to a wider audience. This is a lovely full-flavoured white wine, with powerful flavours of herbs, pears and white peach. Real presence, but not at all heavy. Just lovely fruit intensity, and amazing freshness.
Nestled at the eastern edge of Galicia, the Ribeiro DO is split by three rivers. Coto de Gomariz is located in the zone of Ribeiro where the slopes overlook the Avia river and consists of 27 hectares. Shisteous, granitic and sandy soils, steep slopes, tiny yields and a unique microclimate make this spot ideal for growing the local varieties which include Treixadura, Godello, Loureira and Albariño. Owner Ricardo Carreiro and winemaker Xosé Lois Sebio have introduced biodynamic principles, and are producing great wines at great prices.
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The Ribeiro DO, inland from better known Rias Baixas, is split by three rivers. The steep slopes, a mix of soil types and proximity to the Atlantic make it a unique microclimate. In the 1970s Arsenio Paz and Ricardo Carreiro started replanting local grapes such as Treixadura, Godello, Loureira, Albariño, Souson, Brancellao, Ferrol and Mencia which had been pulled up after phylloxera. Ricardo’s son - also called Ricardo - took over the winery in 2000.
He hired oenologist Xosé Lois Sebio, who started to work some of the vineyards biodynamically, challenging in this cool, maritime region. These are distinctive, refreshing wines that speak of their lush, green home.