The most premium wine from Fillaboa wineries called ‘La Fillaboa 1898’ has been awarded ‘Best in Show’, the highest distinction in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, the most influential wine competition in the world.
‘La Fillaboa 1898’ scored 97 points in this sixteenth edition of the DWWA, making this wine stand out from the 16,800 presented and earning it the ‘Best in Show’ award, superior to the bronze, silver, gold and platinum medal prizes. The panel of judges is made up of leading wine experts from all over the world, including some Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers.
‘La Fillaboa 1898’ is an exclusive wine from the 2010 vintage. It is produced using the best grapes from eight plots and is aged for six years on fine lees which gives this albariño a volume and roundness in the mouth which is difficult to find in this type of wine. In addition, it maintains the freshness of young albariños and enhances the complexity and elegance of great white wines.
This wine traces its heritage back to the 19th century when a wine called “Vino del Condado de Fillaboa” was sent by boat from an estate located in Condado de Tea, in Rias Baixas, near Portugal, to Cuba. In 2017, in honour of these historic journeys, Fillaboa Wineries decided to launch the wine that it had been maturing on its lees since 2010. Since 2017, Fillaboa has bottled 3,500 bottles a year.
Isabel Salgado, Fillaboa´s winemaker for more than 20 years, states that “this wine represents a commitment to innovation, knowledge of the Albariño grape and research into our grapes and vineyards. It is an original wine made by itself that enhance the highest quality Albariño grapes”.
All the wines from this winery have earned more than 90 points in this competition. ‘Fillaboa 2017’ and ‘Fillaboa Selección Finca Monte Alto 2017’ earned silver medals with 90 and 91 points respectively. Masaveu Wineries, the group to which this winery belongs, has won a total of six silver medals as it has also presented other brands that have been awarded with high scores with wines from Leda Wineries, namely ‘Leda Viñas Viejas 2016’ (93 points) and ‘Más de Leda 2016’ (91 points), and from Murua Wineries, such as ‘M de Murua 2016’ (92 points) and ‘Veguín de Murua 2010’ (90 points).
Fillaboa is a historical Galician manor whose estate has remained indivisible throughout the centuries, being one of the largest, most beautiful ancient estates in Galicia and the only one that, due to its special characteristics, belongs to “Grandes Pagos de España”, a special group of wineries that are renowned for producing high quality wines. In addition to the vineyards, the winery and a spectacular reconstructed stately home are hidden some 1,600 metres behind the thick stone wall that protects the property.
54 hectares of Albariño grape vineyards planted on undulating slopes make up the Fillaboa estate, which comprises a total of 74 hectares spread over 12 plots on the natural border with Portugal, next to the Tea and Miño rivers. The rich soils and the maritime climate, with mild temperatures due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean, make Fillaboa an exceptional place for the cultivation of the native grape, the Albariño.
The Masaveu family began to invest in the wine sector in 1974, when it acquired Murua Wineries, but the family’s vineyard plantations date back to the mid-19th century, specifically in Castellar del Vallés, where the family originated and where Federico Masaveu Rivell began the steps that his descendants would continue a century later.
Since then, Masaveu has grown to become a benchmark winery in the sector, both for the quality in the production of its wines in different DO´s and for the ecological philosophy they demonstrate as well as their utmost respect for the land. Land on which the winery has its own vineyard plantations and thanks to which they are able to distil the unique personality of each terroir in every bottle. In doing so, each and every one of the projects embarked upon by Masaveu Wineries in different parts and regions of the country are united by a common denominator: Murua (DOCa Rioja), Fillaboa (DO Rias Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO Navarra), Leda (Castile and Leon) and Valverán (Asturias).).