The Monterrei wine region is situated in the province of Orense in Galicia in North west Spain. The region covers an area of 720 hectares on the Portuguese Border. The name Monterrei means the king’s mountain. The best spot to view the region’s vineyards is from the hilltop fortress at the town of Monterrei which was used to fend off the Portuguese in the 17th century. The influence of the Atlantic isn’t as important in here as in coastal Rias Biaxas, and both red and white wine can be made. Most of the vineyards are along the slope lining the river the River Támega. Winemaking has traditionally focused on white grapes, and impressive whites come from the Godello or Treixadura grapes. Red wines, mostly from Mencía and increasingly Tempranillo, are emerging with greater complexity from some of the recently established producers.
The Monterrei DO is Galicia’s most recent having been created just over a decade ago and the region consists of 22 vineyards (Bodegas), which produce 1 millon liter of wine annually.
- Vina Toén Godello Treixadura 2011 €14.95
Intense yet delicate fresh flavours of recently picked flowers, fleshy apple and citrus. The elegant palate combines crisp lemon and fresh apple with subtle warm spicy notes. This classy wine provides a vivid and persistent finish.
- Terra do Gargalo Mencía Tempranillo 2010 €16.95
Cherry red color with ruby border. Red berry aromas and hint of vanilla and cinnamon. Notes of red fruit, blueberries and sloe berries. Pleasant and fruity finish.Elegant flavor with soft tannins. Balanced and glamorous. Smooth, balanced and delicious.
- Terra do Gargalo Godello Treixadura Sobre Lías 2010 €19.95
This wine is made by selecting the best grapes from the varieties Treixadura and Godello. The wine continues on lees for months, making for a complex final product which is full of hues, large, and very persistent. Intense notes of white fruit, touches of fresh grass, boxwood, fine lees, complex, substantial, enveloping, balanced, delicate harmony, persistent, good acidity and delicious bitterness prolongs