Orujo de Galicia
Throughout the winemaking world, a tradition persists of using every possible aspect of the annual harvest. After grapes are pressed and fermentation begins, winemakers are left with the skins and pips as pomace. Residual must and the already fermenting alcohol from the pressing are also far too coarse to be included in fine wine production, which traditionally only uses free run juice or up to the first pressing of grapes for its base wine. Through careful distillation, winemakers began making pomace brandies that over time became integral parts of the local culinary traditions.
Do Ferreiro sources its Orujo from a more than 250 year old vineyard planted with the albariño grape variety. Do Ferreiro Orujo de Galicia retains all of the subtle aromatics of white flowers and herbs that we associate with their exceptional albariño. The low yields of these incredibly old grapevines naturally limits the annual production. Do Ferreiro double distills their pomace in an alquitara, a primitive still most often used in Spanish brandy production.
Some of the spirit is then diverted to make the regional favorite, Licor de Hierbas de Galicia. This aromatized spirit comes in at 70 proof, with anise, and savory herbs such as saffron, chamomile, and rosemary. It is traditionally served chilled as a digestif after a large meal, but its savory components, residual sugar, and lovely color also make for a powerful cocktail ingredient.
- Source 100% old vines albariño pommace, double distilled
- Aging 1 year in tank