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THE ALBARIÑO GRAPE

   The Albariño grape variety is the most important indigenous white grape of Galicia. There is a theory that says that in the XII century, the monks of Cluny brought the grape to the monastery of Armenteira and from that point it spread to the rest of Galicia and northern part of Portugal. Currently, this theory is considered a mere legend as the Albariño grape is a native grape variety of Galicia possibly coming from some wild vines grown by primitive groups of people from this region.  The Miño River is considered to be the father of the Albariño grape which has been growing in its banks ever since the Middle Ages.

 

   In general, the wines made from Albariño have  floral, fruity, fine and elegant aromas. Intensity varies from medium to high average and the taste is fresh, soft, full bodied with its alcoholic strength between 12 to 13,5% Vol. It generally has a balanced acidity (between 7 and 9 g / l of tartaric acid), harmonious and presents a wide variety of nuances. The best wines evolve superbly well




THE CLIMATE 

   Almost at the limit of grape cultivation for wines, lies the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas which is fully integrated into the vast Atlantic region. This D.O. is very well known for its autochthonous Albariño white winesy well

   In Winter, the Atlantic storms in the West and Southwest, with its warm fronts are determinants of mild temperature. On January, the coldest month of the year, the temperatures range from 10ºC to 9ºC. The average rain (600 mm to 1,600mm) is collected in Winter. Spring is precocious and rainy.  

   The Azores anticyclone settles over the western Atlantic in early summer, preventing the passage of disturbances. Rainfall is infrequent then temperatures remain mild thanks to fresh air. Temperatures remain mild thanks to fresh air. Summer storms are rare. In autumn storms come again and the seasons becomes again very rainy.


  
















    TRICÓ´S  VINEYARDS

   COMPAÑÍA DE VINOS TRICÓ is under the Denomination of Origin Rías Baixas and  the vineyards are in the area called Condado which is located on the southern side of the Miño River.  This allows plenty of sunlight and there is a pronounced thermal contrast between day and night which favors the good quality of the grape.

 

The soil has differences between the subzones but all have Quaternary deposits, which can be alluvial. Soil is poor and has its particularities but in general, they tend to be light and sandy, covered with granite, shallow and with slight acidity..



 
 
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