Victor Fernandez founded Viña Somoza in 2001 with the goal of bringing his estate into the “avant-garde” of Galician winegrowing. To this end, Victor eventually brought on the talented Viñador Javier Garcia of 4 Monos fame to oversee the estate’s evolving approach, starting with the 2015 vintage.
Virtually a kitchen sink of Galician grapes - Mencía, Alicante Bouschet, Gran Negro, Mouratón, some Merenzao and Brancellao all get blended together. The grapes were hand-harvested and whole-cluster macerated for 30-42 days in open plastic tubs, then pressed into 400 & 500L French barrels for fermentation and raising on fine lees over winter with regular battonage, and given a light filtration before bottling. The name VIA XVIII pays tribute to the Roman Way that united Portugal with Spain, so they have created this fresh wine to enjoy the region’s history with every sip. Pair this with smokey and peppery charcuterie like salchichón or Cantimpalo.