Armas de Guerra Godello 2017
Castilla y León, Spain
Armas de Guerra is the oldest winery in Bierzo and one of the oldest wineries in Spain, established way back in 1879. It translates as "Weapons of War", alluding to their annual battle against the elements to keep their vineyards (which on average are 50-years-old) healthy and make the best possible wines.
They have stuck with tradition and champion the local grapes of Bierzo, an ancient region famed for its slate-rich mountain vineyards and which first saw winegrowing in Roman times. Armas de Guerra's vineyards are typically 500 metres or more above sea level. Climatically it marries the cooler Atlantic influence of coastal Galicia with the hotter conditions inland in Castilla y Léon.
Their Godello is emblematic of the grape, and a grape that has made enormous strides in recent years. Once at risk of extinction, this variety from north-western Spain has enjoyed a significant revival in fortunes and popularity. Straw-yellow colour with green tinges. Elegant aromas of ripe fruit with spicy hints together with floral and earthy notes coming through. Elegant, silky and mineral. Round and well-balanced. A delicate and charming wine to enjoy!