D.O./Region:Rais Baixas, Galicia , Spain
Address: C/ Burgans 91, Vilarino (Cambados) 36633, Pontevedra
Telephone: +34 986 526 040
Fax: +34 986 526 901
Hectares of Vines: 215
Wine maker: Luciano Amoedo Rodino
Total Production Liters: 110 Barrels
Grape Varieties Grown: Albarino
Wines Produced:Burgans, Martin Codax, Organistrum
Exporters in the UK and USA: European Cellars
The D.O.s largest bodega, Martín Codax was founded in 1986 by a group of 50 viticulturists, today it is made up of almost 300 and gets its grapes from 1,400 closely monitored parcels, which, incidentally are all harvested by hand. Whatever the reason, the efforts of this collective have definitely paid off. Martin Codax commands an impressive view of the valley below and is extremely well outfitted for visitors, not to mention very popular due to its ever growing presence in the international market. A tour of the bodega might include a visit to the hands-on interactive display that familiarizes guests with how to taste and enjoy wine. It begins with an introduction to the visual aspect of wine, introduced by a row of bottles containing different colored liquids to represent the different hues that one might find in White, Rosado and Red wines. Then on to the aromas, with a series of different aromatic essences that one might find in wine, contained in a row of transparent cylinders that just beg to be sniffed. And finally, there is even a tasting display where visitors can taste solutions that have been infused with sweet, salty, sour, bitter tones (among others) that can also be found in wines. All in all it is a fabulous way for anyone, from the novice to the experienced wine taster to review their wine savvy and enjoy themselves in the process.
Another delightful and unique aspect of this winery is the large feminine presence, which according to some accounts may reach up to 85% of the staff. From Maria Garrido in Marketing, to Mariola Varona who is the Export Manager, to the enologist Katia Alvarez, this bodega is rife with a female presence that I find very refreshing.
As far as the wines are concerned, Katia informed me that the D.O. requires that wines defined as Albariño must be 100% single variety wines, while D.O. Rías Baixas wines in general must have at least 70% of that grape. Martin Codax however uses only 100% Albariño in all of its wines, and all wines undergo malolactic fermentation to some extent, unusual due to the fact that they only make white wines. In addition, they have had luck with a noble rot, late harvest Albariño wine called Gallecea- delicious but difficult to get around here due to the wet climate (see podredumbre noble article). Aside from the classic Martin Codax Albariño, they also make Burgáns, a wine whose fermentation is stopped just a hair early, resulting in a slightly higher quantity of residual sugar, and a hugely successful wine internationally.
Search for tasting notes on Martin Codax wines here. Martin Codax Tasting notes.