The Story

 

Bodegas y Viñedos Rodrigo Méndez is a small winery located in Meaño, Pontevedra. It works with stainless tanks and 600 and 225-litre barrels. It produces very few bottles a year, following traditional methods of processing. Rodríguez Méndez owns 1.5 hectares of vineyards in the town of Meaño. Rodrigo Méndez Cíes perfectly combines maturity and freshness. It is intense, mineral, vibrant, complex and lingering on the palate.

The People

Rodrigo

Rodrigo Mendez was born and raised in Galicia and has spent his life collaborating with the likes of Raul Perez while working on his own projects.  

His aim is to show Albariño in a different light, back to the time before stainless steel fermentation became the norm in the 1980’s.

 

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The Place

Spain, Galicia

Bodegas y Viñedos Rodrigo Mendez winery is located in Meano, in the subzone Val do Salnes, the most north-western area of Rias Baixas.

His vineyards are not typical Galician vineyards: they are hidden up in the mountains, surrounded by pine forests. 

The vineyards are quite isolated, which means Rodrigo is able to farm using organic methods as he does not have to worry about diseases or pesticides drifting in from neighbouring vineyards. He grows native Galician grape varieties and uses natural yeasts to ferment them.