Founded in 1904, Palacio de Fefinanes is housed inside a spectacular baronial palace which sits on the lovely main square of coastal Cambados. The facility was built in 1647 by vicount of Fefiñanes Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares (1583-1659) and is currently owned by Juan Gil de Araújo. Palacio de Fefiñanes was the first producer to bottle wine under the D.O. Rías Baixas denomination. The label design dates from 1928 and shows an engraving of the Fefiñanes Palace. The winemaker is Cristina Mantilla.
Palacio de Fefiñanes has been involved in viticulture since the 17th century. The culture has been settling the historical knowledge of the wine-producing process through generations in the family. They are pioneers in the production and commercialization of a singular variety - the expressive Albariño grape from the Salnés Valley where they devote all their efforts.
Produced in the Rias Baixas region, where the vineyards are quite windy due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. It also provides acidity and freshness to the wine. The winery has only a token acreage, and buys its Albariño grapes from producers under long-term contract and with technical assistance from the winery's enologist. They make two 100% Albariño wines: Albariño de Fefiñanes, a young traditional style Rías Baixas white (30,000 bottles/year); and 1583 Albariño de Fefiñanes, aged six months in 600 liter sherry butts (4,000 bottles/year - annual production: 100,000 liters). Year after year, local critics rate Albariño de Fefiñanes as one of the best.
"The Palacio de Fefinanes is an ornate, two-story structure, its walls and turrets built of granite blocks, defining one side of the central square in Cambados, a town in Salnes, Rias Baixas. The Viscount of Fefinanes, Gonzalo Sarmiento Valladares, completed his family's home in 1647 and records trace winemaking at the palace to the 17th century; it turned into a business venture at the beginning of the 20th, with the first bottles released in 1928. Today, there are two small parcels of vines on pergolas within the estate walls; most of the grapes come to the palace winery from growers with small plots in Cambados. Cristina Mantilla, who has made the wines since 1995, has added to the original, singular albarino with vineyard and cellar selections that take the grape from fresh coastal classics to long-lived whites."
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- Wine & Spirits Magazine (September 2018)