Pazo do Mar

Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Galicia
People: Mendez Family, Owners & Winemakers


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Pazo do Mar is a family business with 40 years of experience dedicated to the traditional production of Galician wines. The Mendez family owns vineyards and wineries in three Galician appellations: Pazo do Mar in Ribeiro, Veiga da Princesa in Rías Baixas and Pazo das Tapias in Monterrei. They grow the native varieties Albariño, Treixadura, Torrontés and Godello and Mencía.

The Mendez family produces excellent wines in the Ribeiro D.O. They founded Pazo do Mar in 2002 upon purchasing the Torre do Olivar Vineyard and its accompanying winery. The Torre do Olivar Vineyard is composed of 20 hectares planted to the native white grapes Treixadura, Torrontés and Godello. The grapes are pneumatically pressed and undergo temperature-controlled fermentation in 100% stainless steel tanks. They are cold stabilized to ensure freshness of flavor.

Ribeiro is the third oldest appellation in Spain after Jerez and Rioja; first documentation of wine exports to America occurred in the sixteenth century. Geographically, it is located in the western part of the Ourense province. The soil is primarily granite. The average altitude is 150 meters above sea level, and the region is heavily influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, Ribeiro enjoys a protected position in a valley next to the Miño River, shielding it from ocean storms.

Veiga da Princesa is the Mendez family’s Albariño vineyard in Rías Baixas and is where they produce Castelo do Mar Albariño. It was planted in 2002 after two years of buying more than 200 small farms, plot by plot, from about 70 different owners; a clear reflection of the Galician “smallholding.” The Mendez family has a total of 18 hectares of 15-year-old Albariño. The concept of Veiga da Princesa is to produce “Vinos de Pago” or wines made exclusively with grapes provided by a single estate or property.

Rías Baixas is mainly located in the province of Pontevedra, in the southwest of Galicia, at an average altitude of 50 meters above sea level and with a notably Atlantic climate. The soil is of granite composition.