Treixadura is a little-known white of northern Portugal and "green Spain," the lush, northwest province known as Galicia. Here, in the Ribeiro DO, the vine thrives and produces a fresh and interesting white due to the region's cool, often damp, Atlantic influence. Treixadura is believed to be planted by the Romans at the beginning of their arrival to the Iberian peninsula, and history suggests that Ribeiro may be the oldest source of wine to the pilgrims traveling the Camino de Santiago.
The Terra Minei label comes from a single vineyard of the Francisco Fernández Sousa estate established in 1956. This plot's southeast exposure, gentile slope, and sandy-loam-granite soils promote ripeness and acidity in the wine, and the highest area is protected to the west by a dense pine forest. The vineyard is sustainably farmed and grapes are hand-harvested from vines ranging in age from 30-60 years. In the winery, the juice is fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel tank, yielding surprising mouthfeel, longevity, and the perfect balance of white flower perfume, firm stone fruit, minerality and notable focus. Only 1250 cases produced.