Moure Vinos Artesans is a new and exciting project in DO Ribeira Sacra, led by the enormously talented, passionate winemaker-owner José Manuel Moure. This stunning Single Estate with 15 hectares of vineyards is located near Escairón, perched at the top of a hill, with breathtaking views overlooking a valley of very steep-terraced slate vineyards descending to the meandering River Miño, a view known as 'O Cabo do Mundo' (the end of the world).
DO Ribeira Sacra, established in 1996, is one of the most spectacular and mythical wine regions in the world and is one of only two denominations in Spain which belong to Cervim, an international organisation responsible for promoting 'Heroic Viticulture' or 'Mountain Viticulture'. Owing to the steep slopes of the river banks, construction of the vineyards on terraces can reach gradients of 100%, making mechanisation impossible, so all work must be done by hand. This explains why Ribeira Sacra is one of only three denominations in Spain to pay the highest grape prices to its growers and José Manuel has been fundamental in striving hard to ensure that rural Galicia survives and becomes more appreciated. He has worked endlessly to produce these hand-crafted, artisanal wines from forgotten indigenous varieties of Ribeira Sacra, from soils where granite, calcareous slates and schist rocks predominate, giving the wines freshness, structure and mineral qualities. He is committed to the revival of Galician viticulture and the creation of wines based on a multiplicity of different grapes from Ribeira Sacra, breaking away from the current trend to cater for single varietals only, and bringing back abandoned varieties such as Merenzao, Sousón, Caíño, Brancellao, all grown in limited quantities.
The balance between the type of mineral rich soils and the grape varieties produces outstanding, unique and complex wines presented in a bottle decanter where possible sediment resulting from their artisanal elaboration is effectively retained. Artisanal preparation involves the selection by hand of grapes when entering the winery, fermentation in wooden tanks with some of the stems and management of the head by hand and natural clarification by leaving the wines to stand over time, following the time-honoured traditions from small vineyards found in DO Ribeira Sacra, where wine was once only produced for family consumption.
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