Adegas Moure - Vinos Artesans, DO Ribeira Sacra, is situated near Escairón, O Savinao and led by the enormously talented winemaker-owner, José Manuel Moure. This stunning 15 hectare Single Estate is perched at the top of a hill, with breathtaking views overlooking a valley of very steep–terraced slate vineyards which descend to the meandering River Miño, including a view known as 'O Cabo do Mundo' ('the end of the world'). Established in 1996, DO Ribeira Sacra is one of the most spectacular, mythical wine regions in the world and is one of only two denominations in Spain which belongs to Cervim, an international organisation responsible for promoting “Heroic Viticulture” or “Mountain Viticulture”. Owing to the steep slopes of the river banks, construction of the vineyards on terraces can reach gradients of 100% making mechanisation impossible, so all work must be done by hand. This explains why Ribeira Sacra is one of only three denominations in Spain to pay the highest grape prices to its growers.
Adegas Moure has been fundamental in striving hard to ensure that rural Galicia survives and becomes more widely appreciated. They have worked endlessly to produce handcrafted, artisanal wines from forgotten local indigenous varieties from soils where granite, calcareous slates and schist rocks predominate, giving the wines freshness, structure, fruitiness and mineral qualities. They are committed to the revival of Galician viticulture and creation of wines based on a multiplicity of different grapes which had become almost extinct in Ribeira Sacra, for example Mencia, Merenzao, Sousón, Caino and Brancellao, grown in limited quantities. The balance between the type of mineral rich soils and the grape varieties produces outstanding, unique, complex wines. Artisanal preparation involves the selection by hand of grapes when entering the winery, fermentation in wooden tanks with some of the stems and natural clarification by leaving the wines to stand over time, following the time-honoured traditions from small vineyards found in Ribeira Sacra where wine was once only produced for family consumption.
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