Adega de Vimbio - Rías Baixas Albariño Vimbio 2016
Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain
From the importer-
Martín Crusat, a native Gallego, makes wines that speak of O Rosal, the most southern sub zone of the Rías Baixas D.O., only just 4 km north of Portugal. Martín, a biologist by trade, is living out his father’s dream of having a small winery on the property of the family summer home in the small town of Goian, located in the valley of the Miño River. The property was purchased by Martin’s father in 1985, and he promptly planted a hectare of Albariño. It wasn’t until 2012 that Martin and his wife, Patricia had their first harvest. They recently just finished construction on their bodega, which is centrally located between their three vineyard sites. “Vimbio” is a Gallego word for a type of local Willow tree that was often used to tie the vines to their trellises.
Utmost care for the environment is taken by Martín and Patricia, they treat their farm as an entire ecosystem and encourage plant and animal life to thrive amongst their vines. They keep their 2.5 hectares under green cover all year around. They aim to keep chemical use to an absolute minimum, only using them to prevent against mildew which is often a problem in the rainy Galicia. Wild blackberry bushes dot the vineyards, and wildflowers proliferate in spring. Algae from the nearby Atlantic is used as a fertilizer, and many biodynamic practices are incorporated. In the cellar they intervene as little as possible, using natural yeasts and aiming to reduce sulfur levels in their wines.