D. Ventura Vinas do Burato 2019
Regular price $20.00
Winemaker: Ramon Losada
Appellation: Ribeira Sacra, Galicia, Spain
Grape Varieties: Mencia, Merenzao
After a manual harvest in small boxes, the grapes are treated as simply and respectfully as possible. The grapes are completely destemed and spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeast in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. No filtering or fining.
In an area known as the Ribeira Sacra, or Sacred Banks, as the region houses the largest concentration of Romanesque churches and monasteries in Europe due to the expansion by religious orders in the Middle Ages. Access to the region is through driving on the N-120 which snakes between Villafranca del Bierzo and Ourense, following the river Sil as it cuts through gorgeous canyons terraced with unforgettable, steeply-terraced vineyards.
D. Ventura is the soft-spoken Ramón Losada and his family, who farm 6ha of old vines to make small amounts of single-vineyard wine in one of the most remote wine regions in the world, Ribeira Sacra. Ramón is the picture of a humble farmer, with his full-time job as the village veterinarian consuming whatever time is left after tending to his vines. He even finds a little time to raise a rare heritage breed of Galician pig, from which he makes incredible sausages to keep the breed going. In 1999, he and his sister Belen refurbished the cellar in the ancient family farmhouse in Pantón and began bottling and selling their wines, which until then were for self-consumption.