(Rias Baixas, Spain)
Begoña Troncoso Fernandez works three hectares of vines which surround her home in the humid Rias Baixas region. Here Begoña’s 15-year old Albariño vines dig their roots deep into the sandy soils rich in granite. She is totally devoted to biodynamic winemaking; every inch of her estate is planted with various herbs, edible plants and local fauna that run freely beneath the vines and even emphasizing sections within her vineyards and how they respond to different kinds of stresses. All her wines are made below the house, in their very modern sleek concrete cellar where you’ll find a single modest press. Her husband and daughter are also there to help out and in this way Xangall does not just mean – in the local dialect ‘careful or loving’ – but is the philosophy with which she lives by. All yeast is indigenous, and the wines reflect her dedication to purity of expression of the terroir.
Rias Baixas, ‘Xangall’