The re-emergence of Ribeira Sacra in recent years, in many ways mirrors the life of Pablo Soldavini.
Pablo’s family emigrated to Argentina in the 30’s, from Ribeira Sacra, to the south of Buenos Aires. Raised here, finally settling into a career in graphic design questions always arose about his family's past and the land they once farmed. A growing passion for wine, also helped.
In 2000 Pablo took the decision to leave Argentina and head to Galicia and his desire to be close to the land led to the relatively unknown wine industry. Though like many of us know sometimes our romantic ideals outweigh the reality.
Starting out the only readily available jobs were in the more commercial side of production, with constant and ignorant use of pesticides and herbicides he found his understanding and ideology strained. Fortunately his cousins were able to find him work among groups of smaller producers. He attributes much of his knowledge from this time, working simply in the vineyards. It also helped lead him to be one of the co-founders of the now famed Fedellos do Couto project and strong friendships with Alfonso Torrento of Envíate and Pedro Rodríguez of Guimaro.
In 2018 Javier Fernández González called Pablo for help rejuvenate his 5 hectare project, Saiñas. Varied plantings sit 300 metres above sea level on mostly thin top soil of granitic sand, with roots burying into the granite bedrock.
Castro Sainas is 100% Mencia originating from 30 year old vines fermented in 1000 litre vat. Wholebunch maceration lasts around 30 days then the must is pressed off and placed in 400 litre barrels for malolactic and ageing.
Sainas - Castro des Sainas 2020
Name Castro das Sainas Producer Sainas Style Red Country Spain Region Do Ribeira Sacra Vintage 2020 Grape 100% Mencia ABV % 13 SO2 Production Biodynamic. Natural fermentation. Unfined. Unfiltered. Vegan.
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