Nacho Gonzalez is one of the most progressive natural winemakers in all of Galicia. He actively seeks out vineyards that are isolated and remote. Up hillsides, away from other farms, and down winding roads, he finds old abandoned vineyards and works to bring them back to health. He currently works with six vineyard sites in what would be the DO of Valdeorras and 1 in the Val do Bibei, Ribeira Sacra, totaling about 4 hectares of vines. His approach to farming is to treat the vineyard as an ecosystem: allowing growth between the vines, using some biodynamic practices, and planting cover crops to help with disease and pests. Grapes are hand-harvested and foot-trodden. Nacho favors tinajas (Spanish tapered, clay amphora) and very old oak barrels for his aging vessels. Nacho is very experimental in the winery, despite being steadfastly traditional in the vineyard; sulfur has never been used.
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