This humble garage winery collaboration, Forjas del Salnes, came to life in 2005 when vineyard owner and winemaker Rodrigo Mendez began to revitalize a little piece of Galician history that was quickly fading. Red wine in Rías Baixas was the way of the land back in the early 1900s. In the 1970s, when surrounding farmers were uprooting their less productive, less desirable red grapes in favor of planting increasingly popular albariño grapes, the Mendez family was planting them. It all began in the early 2000s when Rodri's mission became clear: to execute his grandfather’s lifelong dream of grafting and replanting the nearly extinct, ancient coastal red vineyards in Val do Salnes and revive the nearly forgotten wines of his family’s history. Rodri is intent on pursuing this shift in the Galician trend. With his winemaking and vineyard knowledge and skill rooted in the past, Rodri remains conscious of the present while having a vision for the future, and is producing some of Spain’s finest albariños and rare Galician reds.
RATING HISTORY: 2016 93 W&S, 2015 91WA; 2014 91WA; 2013 94 W&S "Year's Best Galician Wines"; 2012 92VM;
GRAPE: 100% Albarino. Vines planted in 1950's in granite and sandy soil at 5 m (16 ft) elevation
PRODUCTION: 250 cs (6 pack)