Adega do Demo, Treixadura and Loureiro 'Bitoku', Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain 2019

Adega do Demo, Treixadura and Loureiro &

Adega do Demo, Treixadura and Loureiro 'Bitoku', Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain 2019

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Adega do Demo is a new domaine, owned and run by Laura Rodriguez and Carlos Lorenzo, who have been looking after his family vineyards since 2005. Their aim is to produce quality wine based on the traditional viticulture and winemaking method of Ribeiro area (Ourense, Galicia). Their vineyards are located in Alongos and they previously sold all their grapes to other wineries until they recently deciding to make their own wines for the first time in 2017. All vineyards are farmed organically.

 

Laura and Carlos’s aim is to produce wines with a clear concept and personality. They use traditional grape types of the area and traditional winemaking methods. They made the first vintage in one of their friends’ cellars in 2017, which they call “year zero”. Carlos believes that individual winemakers can change the shape of the region: “I think [agricultural anarchy] is what we need in Galicia. People have been suffering from poverty and attached to the land. They used to be “coleteiros”, who grows grapes and sell them off. Their life has always been influenced by nature, the price of grapes and poverty.”

The bodega is named after Moises, Carlos’s grandfather who grew up in quiet, rural Galicia - and had a reputation as a bit of a town troublemaker whose jokes annoyed the entire village. One of his famous tricks was to climb up the highest hill with his brother and make a loud noise with a toy in the middle of the night. People began calling this strange sound the “demon’s snore”, and Moises earned the nickname “O Demo da Ronca’, the snoring demon.

Bitoku is a wine made with grapes grown in Carlos and Laura’s own farm. Bitoku is the name of a Japanese carp that lives in the water basins of a traditional farm (like a small pond). It is the emblem of the wine and guardian of lives. It means “virtues” in Japanese. The name also has a strong relationship to the seven virtues of Bushido (the philosophy of Samurai). For them, the virtues show the way that a winemaker has to follow, from the vineyard to making wine. 

This is a blend of 95% Treixadura and 5% Loureira grapes.  This wine has both a bit of weight and fantastic freshness.  It's in the typical style of the Ribeiro region: green and crisp golden apple, underripe peach with a finish of pineapple and honey.

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