Benito Santos

  • Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain
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 Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB9940-21
Sustainable
Benito Santos D.O. Rias Baixas "Saiar" Albarino
2021
Albariño
100% Albarino from multiple plots in Val do Saines. Vines are grown in granite and loam soils and they average about 25 years in age....
Spain

DB0202-17
Sustainable
Benito Santos “Pago de Xoan” Albarino
2017
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...
Spain

DB8050-21
Sustainable
Benito Santos Godello, Monterrei
2021
Godello
From the DO of Monterrei comes this fresh, bright lemony expression of Godello. The vineyards are over 27 years old and granite/slate....
Spain