Martín Crusat, a native Gallego, makes wines that speak of O Rosal, the most southern sub zone of the Rías Baixas D.O., only just 4 km north of Portugal. Martín, a biologist by trade, is living out his father’s dream of having a small winery on the property of the family summer home in the small town of Goian, located in the valley of the Miño River. The property was purchased by Martin’s father in 1985, and he promptly planted a hectare of Albariño. It wasn’t until 2012 that Martin and his wife, Patricia had their first harvest. They recently just finished construction on their bodega, which is centrally located between their three vineyard sites. “Vimbio” is a Gallego word for a type of local Willow tree that was often used to tie the vines to their trellises.
Utmost care for the environment is taken by Martín and Patricia, they treat their farm as an entire ecosystem and encourage plant and animal life to thrive amongst their vines. They keep their 2.5 hectares under green cover all year around. They aim to keep chemical use to an absolute minimum, only using them to prevent against mildew which is often a problem in the rainy Galicia. Wild blackberry bushes dot the vineyards, and wildflowers proliferate in spring. Algae from the nearby Atlantic is used as a fertilizer, and many biodynamic practices are incorporated. In the cellar they intervene as little as possible, using natural yeasts and aiming to reduce sulfur levels in their wines.
Vimbio, 2017, is from three parcels on clay soils, primarily Albariño with the rare and nearly extinct Caiño Branco added for acidity, and a bit of Loureiro for fruit and spice. Grapes were hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed immediately before undergoing fermentation and lees-aging in stainless steel tanks, stirred regularly only for the first three months. The finished wine was bottled without fining, and with a light filtration and minimal added SO2.