In 2005 the Collarte brothers, Diego and Álvaro, with their cousins, Fito and Anxo, restablished a familty property located on top of a hill (a cume) above the river Avia. By 2008 they had planted their first vines and in 2012 they were making their first vinifications.
Just one hour inland from Galicia’s western coast, Cume do Avia´s vineyard benefit from the Atlantic influence. Here, they planted thirteen different indigenous Galician varietals selected from ancient vines in the Ribeiro: Treixadura, Albariño, Loureira, Lado, Caiño Blanco y Godello are the main white grapes and Brancellao, Sousón, Caiño longo, Merenzao, Ferrón y Carabuñenta are the main reds. A total of 9 hectares are planted on a mosaic of terroirs – granite, grey and red schist, sand, clay, slate-. It is this special soil what gives the wines their intense and distinctive mineral caracter. Each variety and micro-plot (divided according to soil type) are fermented separately.
Cume do Avias’s production is fully certified organic under the denomination of Ribeiro with just modest quantities of added sulphites.