DISCOVER THE HISTORY OF HACIENDA UCEDINOS
Crossed from east to west by the Roman road titled Via XVIII or simply Via Nova (New Way), which connected the Roman cities of Astorga and Braga, Valdeorras was both a destination and a stop along the way for the Roman legions who came to exploit the region’s gold ore deposits.
There is a notable variety between the three types of terrain: firstly, those that lie atop slate, with silty and muddy, rocky, shallow soil; those that lie atop granitic rock formations, with deeper and sandier soils; and those that lie above sediments and terraces, dispersed with plenty of rounded stones and pebbles.
This insect wrought havoc so severe that more than 95% of the vineyard cultivation area in Valdeorras was infested, and almost the entire grape harvest was lost for several years. The gravity of the situation was exacerbated by the vineyard monoculture that was practiced at the time; there was a lack of economic alternatives as we would find today.
PROTECTED DENOMINATION OF ORIGIN
With a 50,000 L productive capacity, our winery is home to the Valdeorras Appellation’s most representative varieties, Godello and Mencía. Almost 50% of the grapes we use are homegrown in our own vineyards, and the quality of the grapes is the prerequisite of our winemaking. We employ a combination of different oenological methods, which when blended produce exceptionally complex wines.
Those grapes that we purchase are the outcome of a painstaking selection of vineyards and grape growers, fitting the production standards carried out by our winery. Among these vineyards there are decades-old plantations, located on sunlit slopes around the region (O Barco de Valdeorras, Larouco, and Viladequinta).
Our winemaking process relies on an extremely thorough selection of grape bunches, followed by the aforementioned employment of different production techniques and methods.