Bodegas Fillaboa’s premium wine, La Fillaboa 1898 2010, has been awarded the Golden Grand Albariño at the Albariños al Mundo awards organised by the Spanish Wine Tasters Union, which recognises the best wines made with Albariño grapes. The competition has also awarded its youngest Albariño wine Fillaboa 2018 a Gold Medal and 90.4 points. In total, the contest awards seven Golden Gran Albariño awards and 25 Gold Medals.
The panel of wine tasters who travelled to Zurich, Switzerland to choose the best Albariño wines included top-level figures in the Swiss market. Among others, it was made up of Hans Bättig (Swiss Sommelier Association) and Walter Zweifel (Zweifel Weine & Getränke).
La Fillaboa 1898 is an exclusive wine from the 2010 vintage, which is produced using the best grapes from eight plots and aged for years on fine lees. This 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 these 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 to Cuba from an estate located in the Condado de Tea, in Rias Baixas near Portugal. In 2017, in honour of these historic journeys, Bodegas Fillaboa decided to launch the wine that it had been maturing on its lees since 2010. Since that year, Fillaboa has produced and bottled a maximum of 3,500 bottles in each production cycle.
Isabel Salgado, oenologist at Bodegas Fillaboa for more than twenty years, has stated that “this wine represents a commitment to innovation, knowledge of the Albariño grape and research
In turn, Fillaboa 2018 is a harmonious white wine with a fine structure. Its fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature, keeping the wine on its lees until the end of the bottling process.
Fillaboa is a historical pazo, a traditional Galician house, whose estate has remained indivisible over the centuries. This makes it one of the largest, most beautiful and oldest in estates in Galicia and the only estate that, due to its special characteristics, is part of the Association of Great Wine Estates in Spain. The winery and a spectacular reconstructed Galician house are concealed behind the 1,600 metres of the thick stone wall that protects the property, as well as the vineyards. The Masaveu family acquired the estate in 2001.
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 vineyards 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.
The Masaveu family began to invest in the wine sector in 1974, when it acquired Bodegas Murua, but the family’s vineyard plantations date back to the mid-19th century, specifically in Castellar del Vallés. This is where the family originated and where Federico Masaveu Rivell began the steps that his descendants would continue a century later.
Since then, Bodegas Masaveu has grown into a benchmark name, both for the quality of its wine production in various denominations of origin and for the environmental philosophy that the wineries demonstrate. This is combined with the wineries’ utmost respect for the land on which the organisation has its own vineyard plantations, which allow it to distil the unique personality of each terroir into every bottle. Because of this, a common denominator unites each and every one of the projects embarked upon by Bodegas Masaveu in different areas and regions of Spain: Murua (DOCa Rioja), Fillaboa (DO Rias Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO Navarra), Leda (Castile and Leon) and Valverán (Asturias).