Viña Meín’s vineyards cover the left bank of the Avia valley…
where the sandy-granitic sábrego soils are dominant. Most of their 14 plots, including their original Meín vineyard, are near San Clodio, with an elevation between 100 and 200m. A Vilerma and Tega do Sal are vineyards located in the neighbouring village of Gomariz, which has clay and schist soils. Two plots are now planted with red grapes, in the hamlets of Ribera and Osebe, on the north-east bank of the valley.
25 years later, Javier Alén decided that it was time for the next generation to move in and began working with two young oenologists from the Comando G company. They organized the winery and different sites and transitioned the viticulture to organics, with the inclusion of biodynamic principles. In the winery, they shifted focus to using historic large wooden barrels and cement tanks. These changes also resulted in new cuvées and a focus on recovering the potential of the lost red wine tradition which used to be prevalent in the area. After studying the vineyards, they grafted the caiño tinto, brancellao, sousón, and tintilla to old-vine rootstocks located on sites deemed unsuitable for treixadura or godello, as a result of the increased summertime heat in the region due to global warming.
This was a defining transition point in the evolution of the Viña Meín story which led to Javier’s retirement in July of 2019, after 31 years of pouring his heart and investment into the revival of his region. The Alma de Carraovejas group purchased both Viña Meín and neighbor Emilio Rojo, with the intention of honoring the pioneering legacy of both Javier and Emilio by applying their considerable resources and winemaking talent to the projects. The new team consists of winemaker Laura Montero and her consultant husband Dominique Roujou de Boubée, who live in Galicia. From the 2018 vintage, they bottled just one red and one white, which is the direction they want to follow, making a grand vin from each of the historic properties of the Ribeiro zone.