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 Constantinia’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’.
Constantina’s entry level wine, the grapes for Misturas are from vines from several plots, of at least 30 years old.
The grapes are pressed with a pneumatic press and passed to stainless steel tanks where they spend several months resting on the lees.
Soil type: Decomposed granite
Elevation: Sea level – 50m
Age of vines: 30 years
Sulfites added: none
Constantina Sotelo - Misturas
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