Ribadavia, Galicia, Northwest Spain- within the Ribeiro D.O.
Casal de Armán was founded in the late 1990’s by the González family, who have been making Ribeiro wines since the 19th century. The winery property is an 18th century court, located in San Andres, Ribadavia Ourense, in Northwest Spain, Galicia, with an old manor house that has been converted into a country hotel.
A family owned winery with 50 acres of its own vineyards in the historic valley of the Avia river, D.O. Ribeiro. The vineyards are terraced along the river banks with heights ranging from 650-1500 feet above sea level. Estate vinyards include “Socalcos” (terraced vineyards) previously abandoned, some over 100 years old, which the family is in the process of recovering.
Soil is primarily granite based, “sábrego”, but also includes slate schist and sand. The wine making philosophy of Casal de Armán is to preserve the best practices of their ancestors, with minimal intervention in the vineyard and no use of herbicides. Strict control of temperature in the winery ensures that the indigenous varieties achieve maximum expression in the wines.
The vineyards are dedicated to cultivating indigenous varietals including white varieties, Treixadura principally, Godello, Albariño, Loureiro and also reds, Brancellao, Caiño Longo and Souson. The grapes are handpicked and 100% of their wines are estate fruit. Felicísimo Pereira, the new Ribeiro Appellation’s president and Javier González Vázquez are the winemakers at Casal de Armán.