This three day wine and food adventure takes you to the most northerly vineyards in Spain. In this far-flung outpost of Iberia a small cadre of passionate winemakers are busy reviving the fortunes of the scarce Blanco Legitimo grape. For many years it was considered to be close relative of Albariño. DNA tests however have proved that they are two genetically distinct varieties. In terms of aroma, it’s somewhere between an Albariño and a Gewurtztraminer with heady hints of ripe lime, lychee, mint, fig and orange.
Some of the finest Blanco Legítimo wines go through malolactic fermentation, prolonged lees contact and barrique ageing thus creating richer, broader, full bodied wines. It’s also commonly found blended with verdejo but in Galicia, where it’s also known as raposo, there’s a strong belief in its monovarietal possibilities. Regarding pairing, it’s goes well with smoked oysters, smoked sardine fillets and rich shellfish dishes such as moules marinière. On the tour we’ll meet two of these ‘wine whisperers’ to learn first hand about their approach to sustainable viticulture in a challenging environment and why they are focusing on such a rare varietal in the first place. At each vineyard the winemaker himself will conduct the tasting, very often directly from the barriques or vats.