Mr. Marian Peláez has undertaken the responsibility to transfer unto his children a philosophy of pure dedication, ever-respectful of tradition; a fusion of art and oenology.

“Wine is made in the vineyard, not at the winery”

Finca La Moreira presents a microclimate that is characteristic of the County of Do Tea, a subzone of Rías Baixas, which helps in achieving optimal results when it comes to grape cultivation. An Atlantic climate with soft temperatures, an abundance of rain and humidity levels that encourage a planting of wine in wintertime, when the earth is resting.

Also worthy of note is the importance of the “terroir”, from which Finca La Moreira rises, having a ground consisting of a granite-like sandiness and a peculiar orography; marked by the Miño River along its sides, helping to alleviate the frost. It location in the middle of the valley, protecting it from strong winds, and its drainage system towards the slopes make for lands of exceptional quality for the cultivation of vineyards at Bodegas Marqués de Vizhoja.

The harvesting process is generally carried out in the beginning of September, when the desired grade of maturity is reached.

The harvesting carried out at Bodegas Marqués de Vizhoja is manual; a traditional technique considered the most appropriate system for producing high-quality wine.

The harvesters choose the best grapes, cut them and subsequently deposit the bunches into 16kg boxes which are then carried in trailers for transfer to the bodega. For reasons of preserving maximum freshness in the grape, no more than an hour and a half transpires between cutting the bunches and the start of the process at the bodega.

Once the bunches have been collected, the destemming begins, which involves the separation of the grapes from the stem. Once this process is complete, 60% of the grapes pass through a coil, which is meant to make the temperature adequate, cooling them slowly at 8º and transferring them to a macerator. The remaining 40% is passed on directly to a pneumatic press.

Once the maceration is complete, the resulting must is transferred from the presses to the stainless-steel fermentation cubes, where it is clarified and fermented clean through a process of gelatin flotation.

After fermentation, the wines are tuned up and stabilized so that bottling can commence; after this, the boxes, ready for distribution, are stored in a space carefully prepared for their safekeeping during a period of time lasting at least 2 weeks, for the processed wine to rest, allowing it to recover the properties that it held prior to bottling.

Once this process has concluded, the wines at Bodegas Marqués de Vizhoja are distributed throughout the world, available now in over 15 countries.

Bio Javier Peláez

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