Pazos del Rey defends the singularity of its origin, Monterrei. They make quality wines with modern technologies with Godello and Mencía.
Pazos del Rey defends the singularity of its origin, Monterrei, the denomination which is least well-known amongst the Galician wine regions and which for a period of time was known as ‘La Cenicienta gallega’ (the Galician Cinderella). However, the Roman remains found in the region are proof of how far viticulture dates back to in Monterrei. However, the Roman remains found in the region are proof of how far viticulture dates back to in Monterrei.
Pazos del Rey it was built in 1965 and it was established as a cooperative, to which most of the winegrowers in the region went and contributed with 4,000,000 litres in the 80s. Following a decline for several years, Pazos del Rey adopted the concept of a much smaller bodega where quality was given priority above large productions. As a result, a small modern winery was built in the 90s with technologies that focused on making quality wines.
Clime and soil
However, the region has showed its great potential throughout the years thanks to an exceptional combination of soil, climate and varieties. It is the only winegrowing region in Galicia whose territory lies along the Duero riverbank, although it is still subject to the oceanic influence of the other regions, which is a guarantee for the cultivation of red varieties. Monterrei shares the cultivation of local varieties with the neighbouring regions: Godello with Valdeorras, Treixadura with Ribeiro and Mencía with Ribeira Sacra.
Within the wide variety of soils found in the region of Monterrei, Pazos del Rey employs granite-clay soils for the Godello variety (Pazo de Monterrey Godello) and poor, shallow, sloped land with sandy-clay soils and a slate and schist base that enhance the aromas of the Mencía variety used in Pazo de Monterrey Mencía.
The wineyard is located on "the slopes" of the valley, where it divides its cultivation between the white Godello and the red Mencía. The former is a grape that produces unctuous and sapid musts that become integrated in the wine's personality. These musts also provide a characteristic bitter aftertaste. The Mencía variety is full of fragrance, with fruity and floral aromas, and it is sweet, tasty, fresh and velvety.
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