Winemaking runs deep in Constantina’s blood, from generation to generation her family have lived and made wine in Rias Baixas, and it’s on this same land that Constantina’s vines grow and on which she makes wine today.
The majority of Constantina’s vines are ungrafted and have significant age, a handful more than two centuries old.
Constantina is driven by Albariño and its relationship with the region’s soil types and climate.
Her vines are all they are trained in the traditional pergola method of Rias Baixas, growing along wires suspended by tall crude granite pillars creating a canopy that is raised somewhat from the ground, a necessary method in a region which receives over three times the annual rainfall of London.
Though Constantina’s bodega is in the heart of Rias Baixas she chooses to work outside of the DO due to their restrictive and conservative rules which require wines to be filtered and mandatory levels of added sulphur in all wines that contain the DO’s stamp.
These are all restrictions which Constantina disagrees with and therefore she is not permitted to either label her wines with Rias Baixas or list the varietal on her bottles.
In her own words she says ‘my wines may not be perfect but they are honest and pure’.
Indigenous Rias Baixas varieties Espadeiro and Caiño are harvested together, foot pressed and then macerated with the stems and skins for 3 weeks.
The wine is then aged in amphora for 9 months before bottling.
Grapes: Espadeiro (80%), Caiño (20%)
Soil type: Granodiorite and amphibolite
Production: 300 bottles
Sulfites added: none
Constantina Sotelo - 80/20 Sin Mas
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