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The vineyards for Columna Albariño are located next to the Miño River in Galicia (Northwestern Spain) within the Condado de Tea subzone of Rías Baixas. Out of the 5 Subzones of Rías Baixas, Condado de Tea is the most southern subzone and furthest from the Atlantic Ocean. Northeastern Spain is known for making the best white wines in the Iberian Peninsula. Out of the 200+ indigenous grapes found in this area, Albariño is the queen.
The vineyards that produce this outstanding expression of Albariño are tended in the local and popular Emparrado trellis system, which was invented by the Romans during the 2nd century to maximize air circulation allowing for a better, drier ripening season. The winemaker Rodri Mendez is no less than Raul Perez's disciple and right hand man. In fact, Columna is vinified in the same winery where Sketch (the under the water wine) is produced. The goal in producing Columna is to showcase the purity of the Albariño grape in a 100% unoaked style from a unique microclimate that produces richer, fuller, and often more balanced Albariño wines.