Most consumers know of Albarino from Galicia’s coastal delta bays, but Godello is one of the region’s finest but unheralded varietals. Unquestionably, the winery Valdesil is the pioneer and finest producer of Godello from the mountainous sub-zone of Valderorras.
The history of wine growing in Valdeorras dates back to the Roman times, where there are references in Latin texts made to grape vines planted in the region along the river Sil. The name itself means “Valley Of Gold”. The region was given DO status in 1945, though it is really in the last 30 years that the region has developed both qualitatively and also in new plantings. Valdeorras is located in the eastern part of Galicia. Because the vineyard area is surrounded and protected by mountains, the region receives a bit less rain than other parts of Galicia, but still wet by Spanish standards. The area is also characterized by large diurnal shifts which allows for good ripening of the grapes while still maintaining high acidity.
Montenovo means “fresh mountain” which is meant to reminds one of this cool mountainous region and climate. .
The Montenovo is Valdesil’s entry level white, produced with Godello grapes from black slate soils and bottled early to preserve the fruit character of the grape. The godello plots are within the villages of Rubia, O Baco, Vilamartin, A Rua and O Bolo. The plots are all small and the vines range in age from 5-20 years. All the parcels are organically grown and hand farmed estate fruit. The grapes were pressed in absence of oxygen and the must fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats, where the wine was kept for three months before bottling. No malo-lactic fermentation. This is always a very fresh, youthful and vibrant expression of Godello.