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La cuna del Ribeiro

The Meín estate appears in the Galician history books as one of the first settlements, born in the shadow of the Monastery of San Clodio, so closely linked to the origin of viticulture in the Ribeiro region in the XIth and XIIth centuries. In other words, Ribeiro wine was born right there, in Viña Meín and San Clodio.

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A living history of viticulture

Viticulture has emanated from the Ribeiro landscape for hundreds of years. Among its steep slopes we find a unique climate and its orography, sculpted by effort, made the terraces the only way to get the necessary land for the cultivation of the vine. The Viña Meín – Emilio Rojo project was born in 2019 as a result of Alma’s commitment to the most historic Ribeiro and its garden of native varieties.

Viña Meín, a historic winery on the left bank of the river, is located on one of the most special plots of land in the area known for its viticulture since the 12th century. Emilio Rojo is a vineyard that has united the colleteiro with his vines for the last 30 years. Emilio’s effort, together with his wife Julia, and the obstinacy to extract the best from his small plot, have turned Emilio Rojo into one of the most iconic white wines in the world.


The main geological element in Galicia is granite, which is more present here than in any other area of Spain. These soils will mark the character of the wines produced in the area. The vineyards were cultivated on the slopes, which made it necessary to use terraces or terraces. These terraces, as they are known in the area, have gradually taken on their own identity due to the division of the land and zoned the vineyards in a cultural way.

Due to the social and economic characteristics of northern Spain, many plots of land were divided into distinct entities: this division of land has traditionally been known as minifundismo. This division of the land can be used today for the application of precision viticulture: the work is adapted to the realities of each variety and each fraction of the plot.

Elaboración Mein

Winemaking in  Viña Meín · Emilio Rojo

The winemaking process at Viña Meín – Emilio Rojo tries to reflect as faithfully as possible the personality of the vineyard and the environment. After the harvest, this identity will remain constant: the white wines are pressed to obtain very low yields on arrival, while the red wines are made only with the grapes that have been crushed.

The materials used are stainless steel, concrete and wood, which is used for both reds and whites. The complexity of the landscape and its authentic personality is achieved with the subsequent batonage work that keeps the wine moving during the ageing process. At the end, it is decided which elaborations are part of Meín and which are part of O Gran Meín, depending on their characteristics. It is then time for blending and bottling, to continue to evolve in the bottle until it is released onto the market.

Los Vinos de Viña Meín · Emilio Rojo

Meín Castes Brancas

Meín Castes Brancas 2022 is the evolution of O Pequeno. The deep division of the land across different villages of the concello Leiro requires meticulous viticulture adapted to the microclimate of each vineyard. The most important grape variety is treixadura, blended with small percentages of godello, albariño, torrontés and loureira.

Meín Tinto

O Pequeno Meín Tinto 2020 is an expressive wine made from caíño longo, brancellao, sousón and caíño redondo.the vineyards located in the northern part of the Avia valley, in the abrupt orography between Pazos de Arenteiro and Leiro, are marked by the particular Atlantic climate with intense inland thermal oscillations.

O Gran Meín Castes Brancas

O Gran Meín Castes Brancas 2021 is the demonstration of the plurivarietal landscape, and the historical knowledge based on the smallholding viticulture of Ribeiro. The division of the land into vineyards of small areas and the different elaborations of treixadura, godello, torrontés, albariño, loureira, caíño blanco and lado are worked independently in the vineyard and winery.

O Gran Meín Tinto

O Gran Meín Tinto 2020 reflects the great viticulture inherited from the historic Ribeiro. The vineyards of Osebe and Ribeira, in the north of Leiro, are oriented towards the east. The brancellao and caíño longo, reach the ripeness of the Galician interior, while retaining its characteristic, age worthy acidity

Emilio Rojo

Emilio Rojo evokes the inland Galicia where the identity of each socalco is differentiated. An unrepeatable plot that synthesises the character of the Avia valley: sábrego soils, changing and extreme climate and the multi-varietal landscape of each vineyard. The knowledge inherited for centuries, from colleiteiro to colleiteiro, does the rest.

The Avia Valley in Ribeiro

The Avia valley is a liquid landscape. Thermal waters and river flows surrounded by historic vineyards with the best conditions for grape production. The great Galician ecclesiastical centres settled in the Avia valley with farms, preserves and priories.

All the vineyards of Viña Meín-Emilio Rojo are arranged in terraces, terraces and socalcos, heritage of the millenary cultivation of the valley, where the vine was a monoculture since the XIIIth century.

The vineyards of Viña Meín and Emilio Rojo are divided into small plots. The vast majority of the vineyards are located in San Clodio, all around the winery. The vineyards are pieces of a smallholding puzzle with different orientations, exposures, varieties, microclimates and altitudes.