Established in 1898, Adega Ponte da Boga is the oldest winery in Ribeira Sacra. The winery is set on acutely steep terraced slopes, nestled deep in Galicia, in the region of Ribeira Sacra on the banks of the River Sil. At harvest time, seasonal workers descend as if on a pilgrimage to help pick the fruit from the steep and narrow terraces. Delicate hands and nimble feet ensure the grapes are passed up the slopes to the winery to begin the next stage of their journey. From vines, often in excess of 100 years old, are fresh elegant expressions of Albarino, Godello, Mencia and rare Merenzao. Cooled by the Atlantic winds and basking in Spanish sunlight these precariously placed vines produce wines of authenticity and heritage. All of the vines are looked after by hand according to the concept of integrated winemaking, using natural preventative measures as much as possible, encouraging natural predators to eliminate pests to keep their ancient and noble varieties from succumbing to pests. Harvest time is a heroic effort, terraces are small and there is no mechanisation, meaning the grapes are harvested and carried up the steep hillsides by hand by the pilgrimage of workers that arrive every harvest time! Pressing and fermentation in stainless steel, with some of the wines aged on the lees or in oak to add complexity.
A greenish yellow colour, with a subtle yet complex and well structured citrus profile with a touch of pear. This follows with nuances of herb and jasmine, whilst the palate is a refreshing mouth full of pear, green apple and mineral notes.
This fruit driven Mencía is an intense cherry red colour. The sour cherry, violet and blackberry on the palate is supported by the typically intense notes of violet, rose and blackberry on the nose, with additional notes of peppery spice and an earthy background.
Native to Ribeira Sacra, the Merenzao grape has intense rose, raspberry and cherry aromas, supported by cherry rose and raspberry on the palate. The aging in old french oak gives this wine a delictate body with plenty of fruit and elegant tannins.
A greenish yellow colour, with intense and complex notes of lime, lemon marmalade, apricot, rose and lavender with additional smoky notes. Grapefruit, lemon and nectarine are evident on the palate.