Guimaro Tinto Joven
Pedro Rodriguez descends from a long line of colleteiras working in the Amandi area, Ribeira Sacra’s most prime subzone with south
facing vineyards planted on slate, called Loxa locally, just above the river Sil. His parents Manolo and Carmen still work the
vineyards daily. They also maintain a small finca of mixed agriculture, very common in Galicia, raising chickens, rabbits,
pigs, and cultivating a sizable vegetable patch. The culmination of the family’s agrarian traditions manifested with the
establishment of their adega in 1991. Before 1991, Pedro’s family produced small quantities of wine for their own
consumption and sold their wine in garrafones 20 litre glass containers- to local cantinas. It was an oenologist from León
and soon to be a close family friend, Luis Buitrón, who was instrumental in the creation of the Ribeira Sacra D.O. and helped
the Rodríguez family begin estate-bottling their wines. They named their winery Guímaro, which means “rebel” in Gallego a
nickname of Pedro’s grandfather. Guímaro was one of the first adegas to join the appellation in 1996.
In the beginning the wines were simple jovenes, young wines that showed the slate-infused freshness of lush red fruit and
supple texture, the kind of wines the area of Amandi was known for. They continue that tradition with this un-oaked Tinto an
amazing value year in and year out.
Similar in weight to decent Beaujolais or Valpolicella, this is a really versatile wine complimenting all sorts of dishes from pizza, roast chicken and pork dishes. In fact, i can’t think of a better roast pork wine!
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