'Conasbrancas' is a co-fermented field blend of native, Spanish varieties (including Albarino and Treixadura). The name is a play on Galician language, meaning “Con as brancas”, or “with the whites”. There’s also another joke in there, but it’s less polite so you’ll have to ask Fedellos do Couto personally! The nose is saline, with a little spice and hints of pollen and beeswax, while the palate is marked by vibrant acidity and plenty of minerality. Easy-going but not underpowered.
Fedellos was started in 2013 by Luis Taboada and winemakers Curro Barreño and Jesús Olivares. Couto refers to the 12th-century manor at the heart of the vineyards, which has been in Luis' family for generations and now serves as the base for the winery. They farm organically and work their vineyards by hand. You couldn't do otherwise on the terraces that hug the steep valleys of the rivers Sil and Bibei in Ribeira Sacra. These rivers have moulded the breathtaking landscape in North West Spain, carving out vast canyons and vertiginous valleys.
You find myriad indigenous grape varieties here - Mencía, Mouratón, Garnacha Tintorera, Caiño and Bastardo. The wines are gently fermented with natural yeasts in old oak and all share an Atlantic freshness and a slatey minerality that make them unmistakably Galician.