Bodegas Avancia 2019 Godello, Valdeorras, Spain
Bodegas Avancia lies snuggled in the slate dominant mountainsides of Valdeorras, high above the Sil River. Named for the extensive gold mining that the Romans conducted in this area, (Val-de-Oras roughly translates to Valley-of-Gold in Latin) Valdeorras is home to the finest terroir for growing two of Spain’s most important indigenous grapes – Godello and Mencía.
- Variety: Godello
- Farming: Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Organic Gobelet trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand.
- Terroir: Aeiroà. Located on the southern bank of the River Sil on 30° slopes. Oriented Northeast. Situated in the town of Raxoà, in the Valley of Valdeorras, Province of Ourense, in the Northeast of the D.O.
- Vinification: The grapes are hand-harvested and stored in small baskets. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast in French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600L barrels, respectively.)
- Aging: 10 months sur lie in French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600L barrels, respectively) with battonage.
- Tasting Notes: A round and almost creamy, textural style of Godello.
- Scores: 92 Points, James Suckling. "A delicious, fruity white with pineapple and dried-mango character. Medium body. Creamy texture. Tangy finish. Drink now.”
“One of my favorite wineries in Spain is Bodegas Avancia. This is a small estate of roughly 23 acres, dry-farmed (a characteristic of all of the selections of Jorge Ordóñez), with organic viticulture. Their specialty is working with the Godello grape, which may well be Spain’s finest indigenous white grape. It has the texture of a Chardonnay, but with crisp, mineral and floral notes in its aromatics. Avancia is certainly the top producer of this intriguing and delicious dry white.” ~ Robert Parker, Jr., 2016