Benito Santos

Benito Santos is a central figure in the modern history of Albariño and the Rías Baixas D.O. He began working in his grandfather’s vineyards in the 1930s and made wine for serving in his bar – wines that repeatedly won prizes in the annual Fiesta de Albariño in Cambados. He was instrumental in the creation of the Rías Baixas D.O. in the 1980s. The current owners now farm three vineyards in the Val do Salnés subzone of Rías Baixas, each of which is next to and named after an ancient church: Saiar, Bemil, and Xoan. All of the vineyards are now certified organic – a rarity in rainy, mildew-prone Rías Baixas – and winemaking uses only native yeasts and minimal sulfur. Benito Santos wines are salty, mineral, and structured, with ample fruit but none of the overly tropical flavors of many industrially-produced Albariños.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB9940-17
Saiar Albariño
2017
Albariño
From a vineyard in Salnés; vinified in tank with minimal sulfur. The wine spends a few months on the lees before bottling.  
Spain Rias Baixas

DB8051-17
Mencía, Monterrei
2017
From vineyards situated in the DO of Monterrei comes this light, fruity and aromatic wine. The fruit comes from 27+ year-old vines growing... Read More Spain Monterrei

DB8050-17
Godello, Monterrei
2017
From the DO of Monterrei comes this fresh, bright lemony expression of Godello. The vineyards are 27+ years old and granite/slate. Grapes... Read More Spain Monterrei

DB9833-17
Mencía, Ribera Sacra
2017
Mencia
100% Mencía, harvested by hand in early morning; the weight of each box does not exceed 15 kg. The fruit is destemmed and gently pressed;... Read More
Spain Ribeira Sacra

DB0202-15
Pago de Xoan Albariño
2015
Albariño
Viñedo de Xoan is the original Benito Santos vineyard, planted in 1930-1932. It’s half a hectare in size, and located right next to the... Read More
Spain Rias Baixas