Adegas Moure, Abadia da Cova, Ribeira Sacra, XUNO 2018

Appellation: Ribeira Sacra

Region: Galicia

Country: Spain

Color: Red

Varietal(s): Mencia

About The Producer

About Abadia da Cova is a family winery, in the heart of the Ribeira Sacra, in a magical place known as "O Cabo do Mundo." The aim of Abadía da Cova is to produce wines with the least possible intervention, respecting and protecting the environment. The Moure family carries out all the work manually on the steep "heroic" terraced slopes along the Miño River. White Abadía da Cova, composed entirely of Albariño from the farm in Cuñas, was the first wine of Adegas Moure. Nacho Alvarez has been working with Adegas Moure as their winemaker to guide the wines throughout their process of vinification and aging, so they enter the market at the right time and optimal conditions.

Terroir & Vineyard Practices:

They are located in Ribeiras do Miño, a sub-area of the D.O. Ribeira Sacra, which is found in the parish of A Cova, Lugar de Cuñas, All work is done by hand in the vineyard. The grapes come from the terraced vineyards of A Seara, A Igrexa, and Brinco at slopes of up to 70% (hence “heroic” conditions). The soils are schist, slate, and granite. The vines are 35-40 years old and face south-southeast.

Tasting Notes

Named for Ancient Roman Goddess Juno, the wife of Jupiter. The wine has a pleasing cherry, red garnet hue. Aromatically it is complex and intense with a bouquet of black and red fruits, coffee, tobacco, herbs, and minerals. On the palate, it is intense with mature tannins and an elegant finish. The wine will last up to 8 years. This wine is built for aging, so it will continue to develop if preserved in good conditions.


Manual harvest in boxes of 18 kilos. The grapes are selected manually in the vineyard. At the winery, a second selection is made on the tables. The grape bunches are destemmed. Fermentation takes place in French oak barrels (3000L to 7000L truncated conical). Later it is aged on lees in French and Central European oak barrels of 400L for at least 6 months.