Forjas del Salnes

Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Rías Baixas, Galicia
People: Rodrigo Méndez, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


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Lifelong viticulturist Rodrigo Méndez elaborates old vine, coastal grape varieties in the subzone of Val de Salnes in Rías Baixas. His textured, complex Albariños are beautifully balanced, displaying perfect ripeness. Through Rodri’s wines, you are “tasting a place”. Walking with him through his vineyard, only 15 feet from the ocean, one experiences firsthand how this prime location with granite soil is the quintessential place to grow Albariño.

Rodri is also a pioneer in bringing back the coastal red grape varieties once widely planted in the early 1900s. His fresh, mineral-driven ocean wines, “Tintos de Mar,” are rare Galician reds not to be missed.

Media Links
Arvid Rosengren: Traveling Man: Galicia Part 1

Social Media
Twitter: Forjas_Salnes
Instagram: @bodegaforjasdelsalnes

Wine Advocate 6/11/2020
"Most of the names that come to mind when we think of great Rías Baixas and great Albariño (but increasingly also red wines) originate in the Val do Salnés: Albamar, Do Ferreiro, Eulogio Pomares, Fulcro, Forjas del Salnés, Nanclares y Prieto, Narupa, Zárate… This is the zone with a true Atlantic/marine character and also the place with the most extreme fragmentation of the properties, with very small vineyards. 'Old-timers from Salnés never accepted the name Rías Baixas and didn’t agree about the other zones,' I was told more than once. 'They wanted to create an appellation for the Salnés rather than putting together different zones that don’t have that much in common. But Rías Baixas was created and that was that.' In 1988, when the appellation was created, there were three subzones; they added Soutomaior in October 1996, and then it was expanded again in May 2000 with the Ribeira do Ulla."

Wine Advocate 4/27/2016
"I tasted a gobsmacking collection from Forjas del Salnés, without a doubt one of the leading producers in the Rías Baixas region of Galicia. Last year I didn't taste the red wines, but I had a fascinating flight this year, including two different Caíños. The one from Finca Genoveva was stunning."


  • Forjas del Salnes 2020 Leirana Finca Genoveva
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2019)

    Powerful citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of ginger dusty minerals and pungent flowers. Round and weighty on the palate, offering Meyer lemon and pear nectar flavors that are braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Clings impressively on the spice-accented finish, leaving honeysuckle and pear liqueur notes behind.
  • Forjas del Salnes 2020 Goliardo Tinto, Rias Baixas DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93+ (2/28/2022)

    The 2019 Goliardo Tinto is a blend of Caíño with some Espadeiro, Loureiro and a little Sousón from the zone of Condado in Rías Baixas that makes it a little rounder. It has a lot of finesse and iss perfumed and peppery. This follows the path of the 2018, using better oak and larger barrels. It's medium-bodied and has moderate ripeness and alcohol (12.2%), good freshness and fine tannins.
  • Forjas del Salnes (1.5 L) 2020 'Leirana' Albarino, Rias Baixas DO
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (2/28/2022)

    The vibrant 2020 Leirana was produced with a blend of 60% wine matured in used oak foudre and the rest stainless steel, as the wine has very high acidity (9 to 9.5 grams with a pH of 2.99!) and doesn't go through malolactic; so, it is very sharp, and the higher percentage of oak makes it a little rounder. It's powerful and pungent, serious and with granite minerality, showcasing the serious style of the whites from 2020. It has moderate alcohol (12.9%) and an electric palate that is clean and tasty, with a stony finish.