Fillaboa Winery, belonging to Masaveu Family Wineries, gathered a small number of people in Madrid to taste the third and last edition of La Fillaboa 1898, during which they tasted the three wines: Fillaboa 2018, Fillaboa Selección Finca Monte Alto 2017 and La Fillaboa 1898. During the event, the guests had the opportunity to enjoy the quality and distinctness of these albariño wines, awarded with prestigious prizes such as, in the case of La Fillaboa 1898, the prize Best in Show in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (DWWA). This is the top prize in the most important wine competition in the world.
As well as tasting the wines, the guests were also treated to a detailed description by Isabel Salgado, oenologist at the Galician winery for over 20 years. During her speech, Salgado highlighted the properties of these wines which situate albariño at its highest level. The event, which finished with a cocktail, was presided by José Masaveu Herrero, general manager of the wine group, who declared that “these wines are a clear example and proof that meticulously made and cared for albariño wines can become wines for aging with a spectacular aging capacity”.
La Fillaboa 1898, which has obtained 97 points in the 16th edition of the DWWA, is an exclusive wine from the 2010 vintage. Made with the best grapes from the eight plots, this albariño wine has been aged on fine lees, awarding it volume and roundness on the palate, unusual to find in this type of wine. Furthermore, it maintains the freshness of young albariño wines together with the complexity and elegance of great white wines. This wine commemorates when the estate, situated in the Condado de Tea in Rías Baixas, near Portugal, sent a wine called “Vino del Condado de Fillaboa” to Cuba by boat back in the 19th century. To honour these historical journeys, in 2017 José Masaveu decided to launch a wine, created by Isabel Salgado, which had been on its lees since 2010. Since then, Fillaboa has produced 3,500 bottles per year.
Fillaboa Selección Finca Monte Alto 2017 comes from the Monte Alto plot, one of the most emblematic in Fillaboa. This wine is made following a traditional method, using selected, native yeasts and stays on fine lees in stainless steel tanks for 12 months. Fillaboa Selección Finca Monte Alto 2017 is a great albariño wine with enormous aging potential. It is aromatic, honest, fresh, structured and complex.
As for Fillaboa 2018, here we have a harmonious white wine with good structure. This wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperature. The wine remains on its lees until bottling.
Fillaboa is a historical Galician estate, the estate has remained indivisible for centuries and is one of the largest, oldest and most beautiful in Galicia and the only one that forms part of the Grandes Pagos de España, due to its special characteristics. Behind the 1,600 metres thick stone Wall that protects the property, lie the vineyards, the winery and the spectacular, reconstructed stately manor.
54 74 hectares of albariño grape vineyards, planted on rolling slopes, form the Fillaboa estate. The 74 hectares are divided into 12 plots on the natural border with Portugal, alongside the Tea and Miño Rivers. The rich soils, Atlantic climate and mild temperatures due to the proximity of the sea, make Fillaboa a privileged place to grow the native Albariño grape.
Masaveu Family Wineries
The Masaveu family first invested in the wine sector in 1974, when they purchased Murua Winery, however the family’s first vineyards date back to the middle of the 19th century, in Castellar del Vallés, where the family originates from and where Federico Masaveu Rivell began a journey to be continued one century later by his descendants.
Since then, Masaveu Family Wineries has grown to become a reference in the sector, due to the quality of their winemaking in several DO´s and their sustainable philosophy and utmost respect for the land in their estate owned vineyards, thanks to which they transmit the unique personality of each terroir in each and every bottle. This being the common denominator in each and every project initiated by Masaveu Family Wineries in different parts of the country: Murua (DOCa Rioja), Fillaboa (DO Rias Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO Navarra), Leda (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León) and Valverán (Asturias).