The bodega’s name is a nod to its enviable location as part of a 17th century palace on Plaza de Fefiñanes, a beautiful square in the coastal town of Cambados. It is owned by highly respected winemaker Juan Gil, although he entrusts the winemaking to the talented Cristina Mantilla, who also consults at several other prestigious estates in Galicia.
The team sources its grapes from 66 families of local, respected growers. The vines have an average age of over 40 years – although some are well over 100 – and are all trained on trellises and planted on sandy soils with some limestone and clay.
The vineyards are grown at heights not much above sea level, some of which are very close to the ría, and for this reason frosts are extremely rare as the climate is warm, damp and Atlantic, with an average rainfall of about 1500 ml. However, 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 brilliantly.
This white wine is made exclusively from the Albariño grape and is fermented in stainless steel vats and bottled in its first year. A pioneer among the Rias Baixas wines, its classic presentation is a reflection of the elegance that, 100 years after in creation, continues to set this prince of Albariños apart from other wines.
Owner Juan Gil comments that the wine really starts to come into its own in June/July, and he actually prefers it 18 or more months after it's made. A Fefiñanes "vertical" of three or four vintages can provide some most interesting surprises.
Clam, lobster, fish, mussels, oysters.
Seafood in general