The wines of Adega Guimaro are made by Pedro Rodríguez Peréz whose family have been instrumental in renovating the abandoned terraces of mencia that are so steep they rival the Mosel for sheer precariousness. He owns just seven hectares of vineyards, farming them completely by hand, in the tiny region of Ribeira Sacra in Galicia, north-west Spain. Here mencia has been grown for centuries, and to an extent ignored, but in recent years many young winemakers, like Pedro, are rediscovering these ancient vineyards and bringing them back to life with improved viticultural methods.
Pedro's mencias are the ultimate in refined elegance (he uses virtually no new oak to mask flavours), floral fruit nose and minerality, with impeccable balance and freshness, reminiscent of the best Loire Valley cabernet francs. They reflect the vibrancy and lightness of touch that is typical of the cooler climate in Ribeira Sacra, and are a delight to drink.