Twenty Best White Wines Under $20 ~ Forbes
"Another inexpensive Spanish charmer. Light and fruity with a refreshing citrus vivacity."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Ladera Sagrada winery of the Valdeorras D.O. was founded in 1920. Ladera Sagrada has the largest holdings of vineyard land in the Valdeorras appellation, and the bodega makes wine using only the best 20% of its grapes. The rest of the given year’s harvest is sold in bulk to other neighboring producers. The estate's vineyards grow two varietals, Godello and Mencia. Some Godello vines are over 40 years old, the oldest in Valdeorras. Papa Godello sees no oak and there is no malolactic fermentation, achieving greater aromatic expression and freshness. Papa Godello uses its own naturally occurring yeasts, adding to the wine's great terroir driven characteristics.
The vineyards are located in the autonomous region of Galicia, in far northwestern ‘Celtic’ Spain, within the Valdeorras DO (Zone 1) in Valdeorras district and within Orense province. The vineyards are in the mountain town of Larouco, at 533 meters (1,749 ft.) elevation. The soil is composed of slate and granite topsoil, with a thin clay subsoil. This soil profile is poor in organic matter yielding 6 pounds of grapes per vine, compared to the average of 17 pounds per vine in Valdeorras. The granite and slate soil surface warms up during the day, providing heat to the roots, encouraging the grapes to continue ripening even during the cool nights. Lower yields result in more concentrated grapes providing more flavor intensity to the wines.