History, Philosophy, The Vineyards
VINEYARD: HistoryThe Barros family has grown Albariño grapes since the 1970s. At that time the Regulatory Council had not been formed and grape production was done informally on tiny plots of land.
José Barros planted 100,000 m2 of vines, which at that time was one of the most decisive commitments to the Albariño variety as well as one of the largest vineyards in Galicia.
After the creation of the Denomination of Origin, the winery was founded under the name Maior de Mendoza, after a family's commitment to a land and its history, as Lady Maior de Mendoza was the wife of Fernando Mariño de Lobera Monterrei y Soutomaior who, among other titles, held that of Lord of Trabanca after which the location of the winery is named.
From the very beginning our philosophy has been based on getting the best out of the Albariño variety, taking care of it with the greatest respect for the environment and maximum professionalism. Our objective has always been to understand the rhythm of the vineyard, the grape and the wine, adapting all our working processes to them.
This philosophy underlies and is reflected in all our work procedures, and has always been more than a job; it is a way of life. We believe that only in this way, from our passion for this marvellous variety, can a decisive commitment to quality be made.
VINEYARD: The VineyardsOur plots are all located in the Salnes Valley; granitic-sandy pieces of land, protected from the north wind on gentle sloping hillsides that allow drainage and in plantation frames with wide pathways to aid ventilation.
Our main estates are Finca Las Tablas, Coto de Xiabre, El Iglesario, Tallón and Finca El Hórreo, where we develope sustainable farming, in which we have been pioneers in the DO and we work without using herbicides or environmentally-unfriendly products. Work is based on manual labour without mechanisation and this is how we carry out pruning, thinning, defoliation, harvests, etc., with the greatest respect for the vine and low yields.
Work on the different plots is done in different ways depending on their needs as determined by our experienced and highly trained technical team, as each plot has its own rhythm and special features.