Adegas Morgadío and the Birth of Modern Albariño

Morgadío Albariño is effectively the first modern Albariño estate. Founded in 1984 as Agromiño, S.L. to conduct experimental vineyard development and the first clonal selection of Albariño, 120 acres were planted on terraces overlooking the Miño River at the eastern end of what in 1988 became D.O. Rías Baixas. In fact, this project provided the final impetus for D.O. status.

To this day, Morgadío maintains its own unique clonal selection. Cuttings were famously smuggled from here in 1989 to begin the emigration of the variety to California and Virginia, resulting in many of America’s best Albariños. 

Morgadío’s extreme inland location was chosen for consistent grape maturation from year to year, and Morgadío_RíasBaixas_Bloglower malic acid content (when compared with the coastal regions) for a drier and generally less manipulated end product. This has been particularly important in 2014, a wet and difficult vintage in Northwest Spain yet a great success for Morgadío. The estate’s terraced elevations offer variable microclimates with distinct ripening dates, allowing for a gradual and deliberate harvest and enhanced complexity during the blending process.

Notably, Morgadío Albariño is a frequent choice of the Court of Master Sommeliers for its official training and certification purposes.

Since 1996, Adegas Morgadío has been owned by the winemaking Méndez family from neighboring D.O. Ribeiro, who have continued to invest heavily in vineyards and cellar. Having represented Morgadío Albariño since the 1988 vintage, we can attest that the wine has never been better.

Author: shm

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