Bodegas Forjas del Salnés

Forjas del Salnés is a small winery situated in the appellation of origin Rías Baixas, in the subzone of Salnés. They produce wines following traditional methods passed down to each generation. 
Working in collaboration with Rául Pérez, a winemaker form Bierzo, recognised as one of the best winemakers in the Spanish panorama. Furthemore, the white wines are produced from old vines from the varietal Albariño, highlighting their red wines produced from varieties native to the region such as: Loureiro or the Caíño Tinto.

Forjas del Salnés is a small winery situated in the appellation of origin Rías Baixas, in the subzone of Salnés. They produce wines following traditional methods passed down to each generation.
Working in collaboration with Rául Pérez, a winemaker form Bierzo, recognised as one of the best winemakers in the Spanish panorama. Furthemore, the white wines are produced from old vines from the varietal Albariño, highlighting their red wines produced from varieties native to the region such as: Loureiro or the Caíño Tinto.


HISTORY OF THE WINERY


Forjas del Salnés is a small family business located in the region of Salnés, in the appellation of origin Rías Baixas.


The winery belongs to the Méndez family, a family with a great connection to the wine world. The first project began in 1912, the year that Francisco Méndez Laredo planted his first Albariño vine in the field Finca El Torno, in the town of Meaño.
Francisco Méndez Laredo has a small winery in which he produced harvester wine, where he received great acknowledgements for his work.
Francisco méndez became one of the most famous characters in the area, when a few years later he created the appellation of origin in Rías Baixas.
Nowadays, the winery is the hands of Rodrigo Méndez, nephew of the founder, Francisco Méndez. Since 2005, the winery has been working with the winemaker from Bierzo, Rául Pérez, one of the most relevant and current stars in Spanish winemaking, highly regarded for his management and skill over the varietal Mencía. This collaboration with Rául Pérez started when Rodrigo Méndez decided to the follow his grandfather's dream; to produce excellent red wines on land that was traditionally intended for white wines.


Work Philosophy
Forjas del Salnés is a traditional winery. A small winery that cares for every single detail in the process of wine production. Currently, there are 3 hectares of vineyards, divided between 6 small fields. The first that was bought by the winery: EL Torno, and 5 more that were named later: Xesteria, A Telleria, Ameró, Xacobeira de Abaixo and Xestera de Abaixo.
The vines are planted at around 100 meters above sea level, with soils predominantly consisting of sand and granite. Soils are rich in organic matter, with good acidity levels. These grounds create a fresh and beautifully aromatic grape.
The region of Salnés is a small coastal region located between the river Arosa and the river Pontevedra.
The area consists of an Atlantic climate, with winter temperatures around 10ºC on average, with lows that can reach below 0ºC. In summer, the average temperature is 21.5ºC with highs as high as 40ºC.
In autumn and winter hot tropical fronts arrive, which are known to bring an abundance of rain and an increase in temperatures.
The harvest is done by hand, the wine is pressed by the traditional foot stomping method and then is fermented and aged. A traditional production that has been passed down from generation to generation that gives rise to a sincere, humble, and very delicate wine.


Wines from the winery Forjas del Salnés
Forjas del Salnés produces different series of white and red wines, in addition to Goliardo and Leirana.
The standout white wine is the Leirana Albariño, a monovarietal from Albariño that received 92 parker points and qualified as the best wine from the appellation of Rías Baixas by the New York Times for its 2012 vintage.
The winery produces other great white wines originating from old vines from the same varietal: Leirana A Escusa and Leirana Finca Genoveva. Although, the finest example of its white wine is the Goliardo A Telleira, a monovarietal of Albariño aged under the sea of with only 900 bottles being produced.
Additionally, Forjas del Salnés and the red wines stand out for being different, these wines are produced on lands traditionally thought to be for white wines under the guidance and direction of the great Rául Pérez.
Bastión de la Luna, Goliardo Loureiro and Goliardo Caiño, 3 great red wines traditionally produced by varieties of grapes that are native to the land that demonstrate the excellence of this small winery.

Featured wines from Forjas del Salnés:

  • Leirana Albariño 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    • Peñin 92
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    11,60 €/u
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    Leirana Albariño 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    • Peñin: 92
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    11,60 €/u
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  • Bastión de la Luna 2014

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía and Loureiro and Caíño Tinto and Espadeiro.

    • Peñin 91
    14,70 VAT incl.
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    13,95 €/u
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    Bastión de la Luna 2014

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Mencía and Loureiro and Caíño Tinto and Espadeiro.

    • Peñin: 91
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    13,95 €/u
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  • Leirana Finca Genoveva 2015

    White wine Barrel. 12 months in foudres. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    18,50 VAT incl.
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    17,55 €/u
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    Leirana Finca Genoveva 2015

    White wine Barrel. 12 months in foudres. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

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    17,55 €/u
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  • Goliardo Espadeiro 2013

    Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Espadeiro.

    22,60 VAT incl.
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    21,45 €/u
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    Goliardo Espadeiro 2013

    Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Espadeiro.

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    21,45 €/u
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  • Finca Genoveva Caíño 2013

    Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Caíño Tinto.

    • Parker 95
    25,95 VAT incl.
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    24,65 €/u
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    Finca Genoveva Caíño 2013

    Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Caíño Tinto.

    • Parker: 95
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    24,65 €/u
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  • Cos Pés 2014

    White wine Crianza. 12 months in 10,000 litre foudres and 12 months in foudres. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    • Parker 91
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    18,30 €/u
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    Cos Pés 2014

    White wine Crianza. 12 months in 10,000 litre foudres and 12 months in foudres. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    • Parker: 91
    19,25 VAT incl.
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    18,30 €/u
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  • Goliardo Caiño 2013

    Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Caíño Tinto.

    • Parker 93
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    Goliardo Caiño 2013

    Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Caíño Tinto.

    • Parker: 93
    23,50 VAT incl.
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    22,30 €/u
  • Leirana A Escusa 2013

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Sin denominación. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    16,95 VAT incl.
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    16,10 €/u
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    Leirana A Escusa 2013

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Sin denominación. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    16,95 VAT incl.
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    16,10 €/u
  • Goliardo Loureiro 2012

    Red wine Crianza. 14 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Loureiro.

    • Decántalo 92
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    Goliardo Loureiro 2012

    Red wine Crianza. 14 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Loureiro.

    • Decántalo: 92
    24,50 VAT incl.
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    23,25 €/u
  • Goliardo A Telleira 2013

    White wine Aged under the sea. 2 months under the sea. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    • Parker 93
    32,50 VAT incl.
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    30,90 €/u
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    Goliardo A Telleira 2013

    White wine Aged under the sea. 2 months under the sea. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Forjas del Salnés. Production area: Rías Baixas. Grapes used in this wine: Albariño.

    • Parker: 93
    32,50 VAT incl.
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    30,90 €/u
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