●  Pedro Ruiz Aragoneses and his team arrive at Condado do Tea to continue one of Galicia’s most unique and prestigious wineries.
●  Compañía de Vinos Tricó, a small family project of José Antonio López, produces well-aged Albariños in the Valeixe area.


Peñafiel, 26 February 2023. – Alma Carraovejas strengthens its commitment to Galicia and will continue with Compañía de Vinos Tricó, in the Rías Baixas DO. This iconic small winemaking project was started in 2007 in Condado do Tea by José Antonio López, one of the leading figures in the world of wine in the Designation of Origin. Tricó is an emblem that treasures all the experience of José Antonio López and is the reflection of his trajectory of maximum knowledge in the Albariño variety after having developed in many of the emblematic wineries of Rías Baixas.

Pedro Ruiz Aragoneses, from Alma Carraovejas, consolidates Alma’s commitment to unique and authentic wine projects where the identity of each of the terroirs achieved is expressed. Tricó and its aged Albariño wines will become part of the Alma Carraovejas winemaking family. Although the winery was founded in the 2000s, Tricó is already a benchmark as a result of an exhaustive knowledge of the vineyard, the identification of different specific plots, and its commitment to making wines with a greater ageing potential.

Pedro Ruiz Aragoneses, highlighted that “we are very proud and excited to be able to continue with such an exciting project as Tricó and its aged Albariños. This is one of the best examples of Condado do Tea’s potential; the scenic and cultural setting, its unique environment, the ecosystem and its viticultural purity make Tricó something truly extraordinary. We hope to continue to be able to interpret and show the great potential and uniqueness of these vineyards with the utmost sensitivity”.

Alma’s technical team, headed by Pedro Ruiz Aragoneses, has already set to work both in the vineyard and in the winery with the focus on designing the future of Tricó, from its present and its past. Laura Montero, who is currently the technical manager of Viña Meín – Emilio Rojo, will also coordinate Tricó, a project she has known for years as a wine consultant.

Alma Carraovejas claims with determination and honesty the origin of each project. It seeks to preserve the winemaking heritage of each project, of each environment, of its culture and of the people who make it possible. The project seeks to express the unique character and singularity of each landscape in which it works, reclaiming its protagonism from a sustainable approach, giving back what it takes from each terroir with the utmost respect.



The Tricó vineyard is located in the area around Valeixe, in the province of Pontevedra, in the Condado de Tea sub-area, very close to the border with Portugal. A total of ten hectares of vines are cultivated in Valeixe, Salvaterra, As Neves and Arbo, where Albariño is the predominant variety. Since its beginnings, Tricó has been firmly committed to the ecosystem and to viticulture with the utmost respect. Both the climate -with its predominant Atlantic influence- and its light and sandy soils covered with granite and shallow.



Pedro Ruiz and his team have reinforced their commitment to Galicia; Tricó becomes the first project in Rías Baixas after the commitment in 2019 by Viña Meín and Emilio Rojo in the neighbouring Ribeiro DO. With the arrival in Condado do Tea, Alma Carraovejas disembarks in a historic Albariño area which is now the second largest production area of this variety in Rías Baixas and with a different climatic profile to the rest of the sub-areas thanks to the Atlantic influence combined with a higher altitude.

With this new venture, Alma confirms its commitment and philosophy to the search for unique projects and its commitment to building a unique wine legacy. Alma’s objective will be to continue with this philosophy, “trying to delve deeper into the culture and history of each of the projects, beyond winemaking, uniting people, roots and territories”, according to Pedro Ruiz.

Tricó becomes Alma’s seventh winemaking project alongside Pago de Carraovejas, Ossian, Milsetentayseis, Viña Meín – Emilio Rojo, Aiurri and Bodega Marañones. All of them grow oenologically under the same ecological and biodynamic philosophy, with respectful pruning and the eternal search to achieve extraordinary wines that are combined with the recovery of the vineyard and the rooting to the roots where each of the projects are located and remain.