In 2019 Ramon Losada made only one wine: Viñas do Burato. It is a blend of 70% Burato vineyard on the Miño river and 30% Caneiro vineyard, on the Sil river. Caneiro is planted to the indigenous red mencía grape, located in the Amandi sub-zone of Ribeira Sacra, which is revered as one of the best sites in the region. Viña Caneiro is a steep, 90-year-old, 1ha vineyard planted on schist soils known locally as losa, with stone walls and vines that plunge towards the Sil river in one of the most picturesque and famous spots in Ribeira Sacra. The river adds a sweet freshness to this plot, cooling it during the heat of the day, producing opulent Grand Cru-level wines reminiscent of Côte Rotie in France.
The Burato vineyard is in a totally different area on the Miño river, north of the other two plots. Here the landscape is lush with a significantly cooler climate and higher average rainfall. Streams flow directly through the vineyard on their way to the Miño. The soils are mixed granitic and alluvial. The vineyard is planted to mencía and merenzao (trousseau) which yields crisp, refreshing red wines with mouthwatering acidity. Ramon does not use any chemicals in the vineyard, nor corrections in his winery and makes the wines simply, without intervention or fancy winemaking. D. Ventura is transparent farmer wine from Ribeira Sacra.
Vintage – 2019 in Ribeira Sacra was a vintage with high acidity, yielding fresh, approachable wines with restrained alcohol. Ripeness was ideal and the drought conditions did not negatively affect the region, as there were plenty of cool nights throughout summer to provide the needed acidity. Ripening was long and slow, aided by a very cool August. Healthy grapes were hand-harvested at the beginning of September.
Vinification – After a manual harvest in small boxes, the grapes are treated as simply and respectfully as possible. The grapes are completely destemmed and spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Bottled from the tank without fining or filtration and a very low addition of sulfur at bottling.