Fillaboa, the winery in Rías Baixas belonging to the Masaveu Family Wineries wine group, has recently been awarded with the medals Grand Diamond for La Fillaboa 1898 2010 and Diamond for Fillaboa Selección Finca Monte Alto 2017 in the ‘Quiet White Wines’ category at the WIne and Women International Awards 2020.
This competition, held in its thirteenth edition, is unique in that it is the first competition that emphasizes the importance of women in the world of wine, with a jury totally formed by women and by awarding prizes to the best wines made in wineries with a high number of female employees. Such is the case of Fillaboa Winery, the Galician winery managed by José Masaveu and member of the Asociación Grandes Pagos de España where the enologist Isabel Salgado has been working for over 20 years.
“It is always an honour to have your work recognised, however this acknowledgement is extremely special to me as this competition is made by and for women. All of us who form part of this project are very happy and extremely grateful for this prize”, says Salgado. In this edition of the competition, 122 different wines from 45 different wine producing areas have participated.
Although mainly nationally produced wines have entered the competition, wines from countries such as Chile, Mexico, Italy, Portugal and Slovenia also competed. Altogether, 37 awards have been given; 3 Grand Diamond, 17 Diamond, 14 Ruby and 3 Emerald.
The prize giving ceremony shall take place in the Conference Room in the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid in November. Fillaboa Selección Finca Monte Alto 2017 comes from the Monte Alto plot, one of the most emblematic on the Fillaboa Estate. The wine is made following the traditional method, using native, selected yeasts and keeping the wine on fine lees for 12 months in stainless steel vats. This great Albariño wine is aromatic, fresh, structured and complex, offering enormous potential.
La Fillaboa 1898 is an exclusive wine from the 2010 vintage. Made with the best grapes from eight plots, this Albariño wine has been aged on fine lees, awarding it volume and roundness on the palate, unusual qualities 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 the days 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 in the 19th century. To honour these historical journeys, in 2017 José Masaveu decided to launch this wine, created by Isabel Salgado, which had been on its lees since 2010.
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, due to its special characteristics, forms part of the Grandes Pagos de España. Behind the 1,600 metre thick stone Wall that protects the property, lie the vineyards, the winery and the spectacular, reconstructed stately manor.
54 hectares of Albariño grape vineyards, planted on rolling slopes, form the Fillaboa estate which has a total of 74 hectares 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 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 Aráiz (DO Navarra), Leda (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León) and Valverán (Asturias).