Established in 1860, Bodegas As Laxas is a historic, family-owned and managed estate with a long and rich tradition of wine-making. It was one of the first bodegas in the region to be awarded the status of DO Rias Baixas in 1898, and it operated continuously until the original bodega was destroyed in a fire in 1960. Rebuilt soon afterwards, it is now at the cutting edge of wine technology. It was acquired by the Simón Ferró family in
1982, and they now own 19 hectares of vineyards planted
the queen of the vineyard, Treixadura,
Located in Arbo, on the banks of the River Miño in
the mountainous sub-zone Condado de Tea (Pontevedra), the estate's vineyards are more than 30 years old and situated on south-facing granite terraces 200 metres above sea level. They benefit from the sloping landscape
of south-facing terraces, the influence of the humid Atlantic
winds and the intense power of the sun that caresses the
grapes. This environment is the natural habitat of
the Albariño, representing in fact the only conditions
under which it may be grown. In addition, mild
temperatures and plentiful rainfall interspersed with sunny
spells allow the the vines to achieve their full potential. The climate and the morphology of the land - poor, acidic, sandy and thin - provide the Albariño with its characteristics of aroma and freshness. This most noble of Galician varieties produces exquisite wines that are aromatic, magnificently
balanced and very flavourful.
Research has shown that local
yeasts are responsible for the aromatic character of the wine.
Studies have been centred on identifying and isolating these
local yeasts and, with the separate microvinification of grapes
from various terroirs, it has been discovered that yeasts
differ completely from vineyard to vineyard. The bodega
has modern water-cooled stainless steel installations.
Harvest 2020 – according to DO Rias Baixas, around 35m kg of grapes were harvested this year, 6% more than in 2019. Average yields were 8,000 kilos of grapes per hectare. Bdgs As Laxas forecast a more abundant harvest with a sunny summer without too much rainfall and not excessive temperatures that favoured an early harvest starting on 1st September 2020. This increase in production was due not only to the climatic stability of the Condado do Tea Valley, but also to a higher sprouting rate and to a strict monitoring of pest control (mainly mildew). The harvest was around 10% higher than 2019, close to one million kilos. It will most be remembered for strict health protocols against COVID-19 to preserve the health of winery workers, grape pickers and vine growers.?Before the beginning of the campaign, serological tests were carried out on staff, both in the warehouse and in the field, and the use of masks, hand sanitizing with hydroalcoholic gel,the safety distance marked this year's collection, all with the sole intention of preventing contagion. The expectations for the 2020 vintage are very good. The musts stand out for their aromatic intensity and balance, acidity with alcoholic graduation.
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