Benito Santos

  • Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain

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.

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DB0202-16
Organic
“Pago de Xoan” Albarino
2016
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

DB8050-19
Sustainable
Godello, Monterrei
2019
Godello
From the DO of Monterrei comes this fresh, bright lemony expression of Godello. The vineyards are over twenty-seven years old and granite/... Read More

DB9940-19
Sustainable
“Saiar” Albarino
2019
Albariño
From a vineyard in Salnés; vinified in tank with minimal sulfur. The wine spends a few months on the lees before bottling.