Bodegas del Palacio de Fefinanes

Bodegas del Palacio de Fefinanes

This is the oldest original albariño producer. Their small, modern winery was custom-sized to fit into the ancient granite cloisters of their grand old Renaissance palace. Built in the first few years of the 17th Century, the building dominates the central square of Cambados - capital of the Salnés Valley - and is still in the hands of the original family.

Fronted by the charming Juan Gil – aka the Marqués de Figueroa – urbane yachtsman and aristocrat, Palacio de Fefinanes was the first ever producer to bottle albariño, in 1928. Given their wine's continued finesse and delicacy it is still regarded by many as a benchmark.

Approximately 150,000 bottles are produced each year. The fruit comes from a historical repertoire of quality local growers consisting of some 66 families. Their soils are sandy but with elements of lime and clay, and of high acidity - the result of decomposed granite - and usually shallow, over an underlying impermeable layer be it of rock or clay.

The vineyards are grown at heights not much above sea level, some very close to the rí­a; frosts are extremely rare as the climate is warm, damp and Atlantic with an average rainfall of about 1500 ml. Most of this rain falls during the winter months, and the summers tend to be very dry, which, together with the splendid sunshine, allows the grapes to ripen most satisfactorily.

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