Rias Baixas, Spain
Situated just inside Spain at the north-eastern tip of Portugal, Valtea sits on the edge of the river Miño. The estate’s vineyards cover 37 acres, but another 17 acres are leased. Almost 100% are dedicated to Albariño, and almost all benefit from the natural terracing that characterizes this part of the river valley. While wine-maker Carla Gonzalez Chao emphasizes that the key to great wine is great grapes, there is no doubt that her special talents are responsible for capturing the fine balance of fruit and minerality.
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