Adega Sernande is a project born of friendship between Ribeira Sacra natives María Aira Pumar and Antonio López Casas and Gredos vigneron Orly Lumbreras. The trio met at a natural wine event in Galicia, where Orly was showing his wines. They kept in touch, they became good friends, and in 2014, they succeeded in launching an incredible project together: Adega Sernande, named for the village of Sernande, where the trio built out a small winery in an old stone house.
"Chanzos" is the term for the stone staircases in the old vineyards of Ribeira Sacra. From two 50-year-old vineyards planted on steep, south-facing slopes of slate, schist, and quartz at 600m altitude, directly overlooking the River Sil near the village of Vilachá (in the province of Lugo, Galicia), known for making wines with tremendous mineral power and wild, rich, savory fruit.
vineyard names: : Val do Frade, O Eivedo
only 1500 bottles produced
label inspired by the poster for Hitchcock's Vertigo, used by this project as a reference to the high altitude/steep sites they source from
(Adega Sernande operates outside of the D.O. Ribeira Sacra. For reference, the vineyards in question are located in the subzone referred to by the D.O. as Quiroga-Bibe
region: just outside D.O. Ribeira Sacra, Spain
varietal(s): 80% Mencía and 20% Sousón
style: Medium bodied red
farming/cellar: Grapes are foot-trodden with 30% stems, then fermented with native yeasts in open vats, with three months of maceration, and aged for 7 months in used French barrels, minimal so2
pairing: olla podrida - pork and beans Spanish stew