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Follow us to O Cabalín, a gorgeous spot in the region of Valdeorras within the province of Ourense, in the north-west corner of Spain.
It is located on a steep hill, part of a V-shaped valley, at an altitude of approximately 600 m above sea-level.
I remember when Teresa first told me about O Cabalín. She brought me here and I was immediately love-struck: “We have to make our own wine here”
A XV century abbey, together with the gold mine Las Médulas from the times of the Roman presence in the region, are signs of the historical wine-growing tradition of the area.
Facing south and featuring shallow slate soils, tradition has it that Valdeorras has throughout the centuries been famous for the production of high-quality wines.
Adega O Cabalín featured by Luis Gutiérrez in http://www.robertparker.com!!!
We are absolutely thrilled not only by the excellent scores achieved by our O Cabalín 2017 (91 points) and A Espedrada 2017 (92 points) but also by the detailed review of our O Cabalín project.
O Cabalín by Luis Gutiérrez
It’s not easy to start small independent projects in Valdeorras, because the larger wineries from other zones have driven up prices, and the availability of vineyards and even grapes can be a challenge. Adega O Cabalin is the personal project of winemaker María Teresa López Fidalgo. She started buying small plots of old head-pruned vines in 2015, and she now works three hectares spread into 38 separate plots, some of which are still in the process of being recovered, as they were semi-abandoned. In 2017, she settled in Villamartín de Valdeorras and produced one white and one red.
She started small, with the plan to reach 18,000 to 20,000 bottles in the future.
O Cabalin has invested a lot to recover semi-abandoned vineyards off the beaten path.
María Teresa looked for vines in the villages of Viladequinta and Carballeda, both in the small valley of the Casoiso River, a tributary to the Sil, in a relatively unknown or unheralded part of Valdeorras. She is taking an organic approach to the vineyards, which is remarkable.
This is a name to follow!
Visit our recovered vineyards
And yet the farmers started to walk away from their crops, vineyards were neglected…
The sixties decade in the XX century saw a boom of slate mining which radically transformed the economy and hence the traditional life style of the locals. Not only did it happen in and around O Cabalín but across the whole region of Valdeorras.
Wine-growing is gradually abandoned, particularly in the places where the layout of the land made it hardest, although socially related reasons were also behind this movement.
We are delighted to show you our vineyard reviving works, certainly one of the cornerstones of our venture.
If there is a new sprout there is life and pruning will be possible the following year. If nothing goes wrong you will have sufficient pruning material and therefore the first vintage of a 90-100 year old plant
Life and nature are utterly astonishing if you have just the minimum observation skills. Despite the hard work it is so gratifying… When you revive a plant you thought was dead, it is all worth-while
Here is our team: Teresa López, Luis Peique and Hugh McCartan
Teresa López is the driving force, the seed, the beginning and the purpose of Adega O Cabalín. Luis Peique is the conduit and the implementer, the one who made her dream come true. And Hugh McCartan, of Irish origin, has a passion for both wine and the Valdeorras region.
Teresa’s family comes from this area and she was born here aswell so her roots are buried in this land, hence the deep emotional connection between her and O Cabalín. It is the land of her ancestors and the land where she lived the first years of her life.
Luis is known in his Bierzo of origin (a nearby region also renowned for wine growing and making) as “The Professor” as he is a qualified and fully active History teacher in a Valdeorras High School and at UNED (Open University). But he has also been the person in charge of taking care of the Peique family vineyards in Valtuille de Abajo, from which the Peique Family Winery produces their Bierzo wines
Hugh works as an English teacher and has been a friend of Teresa and Luis for many years. He has been involved in the Adega O Cabalín project since the very beginning, actively engaging himself in vineyard and winery works and gradually becoming an essential piece of this enterprise.
Our wines are made with as little human intervention as possible with the focus on our vineyards and terroir. Our wines depict a landscape and its enviroment, but essentially they are wines made to be enjoyed.
These are the first and at the moment, only two wines, but the family will grow shortly…
100% Godello grapes planted between 1919 and 1929
Grapes are handpicked and transported in small 16 kg boxes.
The bunches are crushed and partially destemmed. Maceration takes place in contact with the skins in stainless steel tanks for 48 hours. Fermentation takes place in 500 l oak barrels.
It rests in the same barrels and in contact with its lees for a 12 month period
Mainly Mencía and Alicante Bouschet grapes. Small quantities of merenzao, sousón, brancellao and others
Grapes are handpicked and transported to the winery in 16 kg boxes. 30% of the grapes are feet crushed as it was traditional, the rest is destemmed.
Fermentation takes place in 500 l oak barrels. Then it ages over a 16 month period in the same barrels in contacto with its lees.
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