More hours of sunshine. Less rainfall. A mild, gentle climate alongside the local grape varieties: Albariño, Loureiro, Caiño, Treixadura and Godello.
Of all the sub-zones of the Rias Baixas, O Rosal is, without doubt, one of the most exceptional. Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the River Miño and its southerly orientation, with more hours of sunshine and less rain, bestow it with an ideal microclimate that favours the optimal ripening of the grapes.
There, near to the shoreline of the River Miño, influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, the 38 hectares of vineyard are spread across sunny slopes, divided into 19 parcels, which are analysed separately. The vines mature at their own pace, giving rise to wines of great richness on the palate and intense aromas. Selected directly in the vineyard and hand-harvested in small crates, the best grapes are chosen to preserve the unique character of the Santiago Ruiz white wines.
The mild climate of O Rosal favours the early ripening of the grapes.
The grapes are selected in the vineyard during hand harvesting in small crates.
Following that, they are hand sorted on selection tables upon their arrival at the winery.
Orientation towards the sun
The O Rosal area enjoys a privileged microclimate within the D.O. Rías Baixas, as it receives more hours of sunshine and less rain than neighbouring provinces, thanks to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Miño River, that act to protect it and favour mild temperatures. This factor is enhanced due to the use of espalier trellising, which gives the grapes greater exposure to the sun and air.
In Santiago Ruiz, using sustainable practices in the growing of vines is vital for preserving the native ecosystem of our vineyards. We preserve the soil and limit its erosion with organic fertilisers, we are efficient in our management of water and waste, we contribute to the development of native flora, with cover plants between the rows of vines, and to the preservation of wildlife by eliminating the use of pesticides and herbicides.
Small experimental winery among the vines
In Santiago Ruiz we have our greatest treasure at the foot of our winery in Tomiño. Here, we can innovate and deepen our knowledge of native varietals, such as Albariño and Loureiro; from to the way they are affected by different production methods, to the effects of nature on the vine itself. The experimentation and innovation continue in our winery in small micro-tanks, which Luisa Freire, Santiago Ruiz's winemaker, calls "the children”. Here we have carried out various investigation projects with native varietals, such as those that helped us define our Rosa Ruiz wine.
Santiago Ruiz, created one of Spain's greatest white wines in the Rosal area. Surprising, original, with magnificent fruit and structure. A real gem for gourmands and wine lovers alike, with an international vocation"
Carlos Delgado - El País
O ROSAL. RÍAS BAIXAS
Wine is made in the vineyard
Our wines are young, not newborn"
Santiago Ruiz used to say.
The O Rosal district enjoys the most gentle and favourable conditions found in the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin, due to its southerly inclination, its proximity to the Atlantic ocean and the Miño River. In our 38 hectares of vineyard you can find the five native varieties of vine: Albariño, Loureiro, Caiño, Treixadura and Godello.
Committed to the original philosophy of our winery, in Santiago Ruiz we take care to preserve this identifying trait. Love and care in vine growing and winemaking, exclusivity and limited production, maintaining stringency in the personalised attention and hand selection of the bunches of grapes from our own vineyard.
Santiago Ruiz's flair as a pioneer led him to bring the first stainless steel tanks to the region, placing him firmly at the cutting edge of winemaking, being a visionary of his time. Thanks to the defence of native varietals and careful winemaking, the Santiago Ruiz wines have maintained this unique character since the winery's foundation. The Santiago Ruiz spirit is sought in every vintage, listening to the vine and respecting its timings. This is why the new wine doesn't see the light of day until spring is well underway. That is what Santiago Ruiz did, and that is what we do today.
From the heart of O Rosal, in Rías Baixas, comes the Santiago Ruiz wine, which bears the identity of its family history. It represents the refinement and delicacy of a unique land, in the hands of generations dedicated to wine. And now, from our oldest vines, comes Rosa Ruiz. .