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Gundian Albarino 2021

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Country:Spain
Region:Rias Baixas
Winery:Adega Valdes
Grape Type:Albarino
Organic:Yes
Vintage:2021
Bottle Size:750 ml
Product Description

Gundián is a local surname & the name of several Galician villages (3 in the area) as well as a famous bridge in Galicia - thus the bridge graphic on the label. The Gundián Bridge, also known as the Gundián Viaduct, is a bridge that spans the Ulla river pass, on the old railway line between Orense and Santiago de Compostela.

Clean and bright wine, straw yellow color with greenish flashes. On the nose, it has fruity and floral aromas of high intensity, especially apple and stone fruits (apricot). In the mouth, the freshness and youth of the Albariño stand out with a well balanced acidity which makes it savory, sweet and glyceric.


Winery: Adega Valdes

Adega Valdés is a reflection of the vocation and work of the Valdés family who for more than 30 years has been the owner of twenty hectares of vineyards on the banks of the Ulla River. In 2001, with the extension of the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin to that area, the current winery was founded, combining the family tradition with the most avant-garde winemaking techniques.

All the wines of Adega Valdés are estate grown. The quintessential grape cultivated at the property is the "albariño", the core character of its first brand, Gundian. The winery also owns a significant area dedicated to the “treixadura” variety, which allows to produce multi-varietal wines of different aromatic intensity.

The Valdés family vineyards are located in the lands of Vedra, at the foot of the historic Gundian Bridge, between Monte de las Roxas and Castro San Miguel. This privileged area belongs to the Ulla subzone, within the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin.


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