Bodegas Santiago Ruiz has launched the 2022 vintage of its two iconic wines from the Rías Baixas: Santiago Ruiz, a blend of the key varieties of O Rosal, and Rosa Ruiz, a single varietal Albariño.
O Rosal, where our winery is located, has surprising corners full of magic, history and Galician culture, along the Miño riverbank.
Many consumers think only red wines should be cellared and that only red wines continue to age and improve in the bottle over time. Thankfully, these beliefs are slowly vanishing, especially for wines from Rias Baixas.
Sushi, sashimi, norimaki... These are the culinary creations that have crossed Japanese borders and made the food of the land of the rising sun famous the world over.
According to legend, the Albariño grape arrived in Galicia in the 12th century in the hands of Cistercian monks who planted vines in valleys on the route of the Camino de Santiago. Legends aside, the latest studies confirm that Albariño is a native variety from Galicia, which has been used to make white wines in the region for centuries.
The origin of one of Galicia's most iconic gastronomic creations - the empanada - is not entirely clear, (the outer casing is thought to be inspired by the Greek phyllo pastry) but it has been associated with the region since the 12th Century.
In this second article about the route shown on the Santiago Ruiz label, we are going to run through the towns on the interior route from Vigo to O Rosal. A journey via the villages that Isabel's guests would have passed through on their way to San Miguel de Tabagón.
In 1965, Santiago Ruiz was looking for a label when his elder daughter Isabel was just finalising the preparations for her wedding. In order to help the guests find their way, the bride drew a map on a serviette showing routes to the venue from Vigo, either along the coast or through the interior.
After a dry, mild summer, the first bunches were picked at the start of September in our vineyard in Tomiño, an estate that due to its location and climate, is the first to be harvested in the D.O. Rias Baixas.
The forefather of Galician wines, Santiago Ruiz was a pioneer in his vision of the vineyard as the place where wine is born. We remember one of his favourite sayings in our everyday work: "you have to look after the grapes from the vineyard to the glass."
Since 1999, Luisa Freire has dedicated her days to her roles as winemaker at Santiago Ruiz. A task that she has been familiar with since her childhood, as in her family, the custom of making wine to drink at home goes back as long as anyone can remember. And as such, her winemaking career is almost a natural occurrence
If any one thing defines our winery over the centuries, it is innovation. A tradition that goes back to Ángel Martínez Novas, Santiago's maternal grandfather, who was one of the first to make and label Galician wine as far back as 1860
If anything defines the Ruiz family, it is their passion for wine. A legacy inherited from a family dynasty that goes back to Rosa's great-grandfather, Ángel, who made wine at the end of the 19th Century.
Santiago Ruiz was a visionary of his time, a man whose efforts revolutionised the way that Galician white wines were made. A natural non-conformist, at the end of the 1970s, he looked for an image to decorate his precious bottles.
On the evening of the 21st February, as part of the Verema Experience Valencia, our colleague Carlos Buergo, Regional Director of Bodegas LAN, had the pleasure of accepting the Verema award 2018 for the "Best Spanish white wine"
The Spanish wine magazine Vivir el Vino has kicked off 2019 by publishing a new edition of its guide A Year in 365 Wines.
"I started out helping my father over 30 years ago. I was on another career path, but I gradually fell in love with this exciting world thanks to his enthusiasm and the beauty of O Rosal. It's a magical place: unique."
Every year, with the arrival of spring, we launch a new vintage of our Santiago Ruiz wine. As our creator would always say: “our wines are young, not new born“; a maxim that we still apply to the present day, in which patience and care taken over every detail continue to be our great allies.