The Spanish Association of Wine Journalists and Writers (AEPEV) has today presented in Almería the 12th edition of the Best Spanish Wine Awards 2020 in which La Fillaboa 1898 2010, made by the Fillaboa winery situated in Rías Baixas, has been awarded the prize of best white wine without oak.

The event was held in Restaurante Casa Rafael in Almería and sponsored by the Andalucía Council. Teresa Muñoz, Communications Manager at Masaveu Family Wineries, the Winery group which Fillaboa Winery belongs to, attended the event and accepted the award on behalf of the winery. According to the Communications Manager, “this celebration has taken place at just the right time and place of the year to enjoy the freshness and magic of one of the finest Spanish/ Galician albariños such as Fillaboa. This prize will further strengthen this brand’s prestige and place it in the position that it deserves”.

La Fillaboa 1898

This wine commemorates the times when this Estate, situated in the County of Tea, Rías Baixas, near to 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 the Fillaboa Winery launched the first batch of this wine from the 2010 vintage. The winery then went on to produce four more batches of the wine (the last in 2020), of which around 3,500 bottles have been bottled annually.

La Fillaboa 1898 2010 is produced using the finest grapes from eight plots and is aged for between six and nine 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. The next vintage of La Fillaboa 1898 will be that of 2016, a vintage classified as excellent by the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin’s Regulating Council. This wine will be released in 2022, after ageing on its lees in stainless steel tanks for a minimum of six years.

Permanent recognition

La Fillaboa 1898 2010 is one of the most recognised and best rated white wines of recent years. So far this year, it has scored 96 points from the Peñín Guide 2021 and the Gourmets Guide 2021 and 93 points from James Suckling.

The year 2020 undoubtedly marked a milestone in terms of its national and international recognition: 91 points from Parker, 93 from Verema, 95 from the Gourmets Guide and 97 from the Peñín Guide, as well as the Grand Diamond Medal at the International Wine and Women’s Competition 2020 and the Grand Gold Albariño at the Albariños al Mundo awards organised by the Spanish Union of Wine Tasters.

These are joined by other recognitions from 2019, such as the Grand Gold award from the Wines, Distillates and Wineries of Galicia Guide 2019 and, above all, ‘Best in Show’ at the prestigious American Decanter 2019 awards.

Fillaboa Winery

Fillaboa is a historical Galician estate that has remained intact over centuries and is one of the biggest, most beautiful and oldest in Galicia and the only one that, due to its special characteristics, belongs to the prestigious Grandes Pagos de España Association. Behind the 1,600 metres thick stone Wall that protects the property lie the vineyards, the winery and a spectacular rebuilt stately manor house.

50 hectares of Albariño grape vineyards planted on undulating slopes form the Fillaboa estate, which comprises a total of 74 hectares spread over 12 vineyard terrains in Salvaterra do Miño, on the natural border with Portugal, next to the Tea and Miño rivers. The rich soils and the Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures due to the proximity of the sea, make Fillaboa an exceptional place for the cultivation of the native Albariño grape variety.