Finca Os Cobatos
Finca os Cobatos is another project by the Mendez Family of Pazo do Mar. In total, the family owns vineyards in three Galician DOs: Ribeiro (Pazo do Mar), Rias Baixas, and Monterrei (Finca os Cobatos).
The Mendez family purchased the Tapias Vineyard and created Finca os Cobatos in 2006. Planted in the early '80s, this vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Monterrei. It encompasses 10 hectares planted to the white grape Godello and the red grape Mencía.
Two different soils make up this vineyard: a sandy slope planted to Godello contains quartz which reflects and magnifies the sun's rays, resulting in concentrated fruit. This soil drains well and is resistant to phylloxera. The other portion, where the Mencía grows, is composed of sedimentary soils which contain a mix of clay, quartz and sand. The average production of the vineyard is roughly 52 hA/hl.
The D.O. of Monterrei benefits from a high average of sunny days per year. Indeed, it is the warmest and driest appellation within Galicia. At an altitude of 400-500 meters above sea level, Monterrei's warm growing period is tempered by cold autumns under its Atlantic influence. less