As you already know, the Vintae winemaking map of regions is fairly extensive in the north of our country, but there are still many regions to explore, some of them especially interesting. The northern and north-western region of the peninsula has been catching our attention for a long time now due to the great potential that the wines made under the influence of the Atlantic climate have been showing in recent years. The idea to start a project of Atlantic wines has always been present in the meetings held at Vintae, and finally, last year Raul Acha began to look for interesting vineyards and bodegas to make them in. And, this is how Atlantis, a collection of four whites and one red wine, was born.
The initial idea was to make a collection of white wines, although we could not resist including a Mencia red wine made in the DO Bierzo, which is without a doubt one of the most interesting denominations in the Spanish wine-growing panorama. Together with the only red wine in this collection, there are four whites made with AlbariÃ±o from D.O. Rias Baixas, Treixadura from D.O. Ribeiro, Godello from D.O. Valdeorras and Hondarrabi Zuri from D.O. TxakolÃ de Ãlava.
What all these regions have in common is the influence of the Atlantic climate on the vineyards. The Atlantic climate has three main characteristics: mild average temperatures (between 12 and 15 degrees centigrade); a small temperature variation (between night and day and between different periods of the year); and abundant rainfalls distributed throughout the year. Although not all the regions in which Atlantis is made enjoy a full Atlantic climate, they are significantly influenced by the ocean. The mildness and pleasantness of this climate produce fresh wines with moderate alcohol contents and a good acidity.
While the Rias Baixas and the DO TxakolÃ de Ãlava have a 100% Atlantic climate, the region of Ribeiro has a transitional climate with less rainfall and wider temperature variations. Valdeorras and Bierzo also receive an Atlantic influence. The region of Godello has a greater temperature difference and is less humid than the other denominations of Galicia. El Bierzo, neighbouring Valdeorras, is marked by its particular orography, and it has a greater temperature difference and varying rainfalls in different periods of the year.
In addition to the influence of the climate, the other thing that the five wines comprising this collection have in common is that they are made with local varieties, with the aim of capturing the climatic characteristics and authenticity of each denomination of origin.
In the same way as the influence of the ocean reaches inland, the image of the Atlantis collection reflects its influence, filling the labels with sea creatures inspired by those featured in legends and old navigational charts.
Find further information about the wines in the downloadable Press kit and tasting notes.