Viña Mein

Far back in Spain's history, Ribeiro was a prominent wine producing area. Its white wines gained great fame during the sixteenth century, but this fame was not to last. Slowly, the popularity of wines from the area decreased and production slowed until the great wines of Ribeiro were forgotten by the world. The locals never forgot their winemaking heritage, however.

In 1988 a group of friends from San Clodio y Gomariz decided that they should revitalize this ancient viticultural area. At the forefront of this group was Viña Mein founder Javier Alen. With a little help from his friends, Javier replanted 16 hectares of vineyards on the hillsides of the Avia River. The focus for these vineyards was to reestablish some of the ancient varietals of Galician white grapes: Treixadura, Godello, Loureiro, Torrontés, Albariño and Albilla. As an experimental side project, they also planted 400 vines of red Galician grapes that include Caíño, Mencía and Ferrón.

25 years after starting Viña Mein Javier Alen decided that it was time for the next generation to move in and hired two young oenologists from Madrid named Dani Landi and Fernando Garcia. Operating under the label Comando G, they are at the vanguard of new trends in Spain. They studied Viña Mein and realized that there was great undiscovered potential at the winery.

Comando G began their work by separating out the different sites and transitioning the viticulture to a more organic and biodynamic approach. In the winery, they shifted focus by starting to use large wooden, cement and oak vessels. These changes resulted in two new wines, each representing a different parcel to reflect different terroirs. The house cuvée Viña Mein has become the village wine, a picture of the entire estate.