Visiting the spectacular Ribeira Sacra region with Envinate

Alfonso and Roberto

Envinate began with four friends, who met studying wine at university, near Alicante. They decided to form a wine company together, and are now making some of Spain’s most exciting wines, with a focus on Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands.

I met with two of them, Alfonso Torrente and Roberto Santana, to […]

Pictures from Ribeira Sacra, Spain: one of the most spectacular wine regions of all

I’m just back from a short trip to Galicia, northwest Spain. One of the regions I visited was Ribeira Sacra, which is one of the most spectacular regions I’ve visited (and I’ve been to a few in my time). The steep slopes have been terraced, but even so, working these vineyards would require a good […]

Daterra Viticultores, stunning wines from Laura Lorenzo in Ribeira Sacra

Laura Lorenzo, Daterra Viticultores

One of my discoveries of the 2018 edition of Simplesmente Vinho was the wines of Laura Lorenzo. Previously working with Dominio de Bibei, in 2014 she set out on her own to form Daterra Viticultores. She’s based in Manzaneda in the Bibei Valley, in Galicia’s Ribeira Sacra. While Ribeira Sacra isn’t […]

Fedellos do Couto Bastarda, a lovely lighter red from Ribeira Sacra, Spain

This is a beautiful lighter red wine from the Ribeira Sacra region of Spain. It’s from the Merenzao variety, which is the local name for Bastardo (Portugal) and Trousseau (France). The Fedellos do Couto project (which translates as the ‘four brats of Couto) is a collaboration between Jesús Olivares, Carlos Bareño, Pablo Soldavini and Luis Taboada, […]

Guimaro Mencia 2012 from Ribeira Sacra

This is a lovely wine. It’s from the Mencia grape variety and it comes from the fabulous Ribeira Sacra wine region in Galicia, north west Spain. The vineyards are terraced, a bit like the Douro – and this region isn’t all that far from the Douro, located just north of where the Douro river becomes […]