The Menu team of would-be wine buffs is currently enamoured with the Bodegas Terra Gaudas range of Spanish wines. The winery lies in a privileged landscape in the O Rosal valley, close to the mouth of the river Miño in the A Guarda area. There the vineyards, which are between 50 and 150 metres above sea level, enjoy an exceptional microclimate characterised by mild temperatures, with an annual average of 15º C, very little frost and abundant rainfall. This microclimate is ideal for ripening, with a high sugar content and a lower acidity level than in other parts of the Rías Baixas designation of origin area that lie further to the north, where the quality of the wine is more variable because of the climate.
Terras Gauda wineries market 1.5 million bottles in 50 international markets, of which Ireland is one of the most important. Our favourites include the Terras Gauda O Rosal, considered the vineyard's flagship wine. A blend of Albarino, Loureira and Caino Blanco (70%/20%/10%) grapes, all native to the region, this is a fresh, zesty white with more than a hint of honey and apple; a real treat and an ideal gift for the dinner party host who's fond of seafood. There's no denying it smacks of hot summer days, but it's just as enjoyable in our less than balmy climate.
Terras Gauda O Rosal is available from Barrys of Mallow and Mulcahys in Charleville from €21.