Setting out in 1991 José started a life’s work to restore the viticultural traditions of this region which had been lost after the second world war when farmers abandoned hillsides and the mountain areas in favour of the higher-yielding valley floors and an easier life. Here in a transitional zone between an Atlantic and continental climate summers are very hot followed by freezing cold winters.
The estate is split into four fincas, three of which are on different hillsides surrounding Verín (at 360 to 500m) and one La Trabe a little further away on the mountain of Vilardeves crowning the highest lands (at 850m) of this Galician wine region. Here it’s a remote, deserted area abandoned by farmers some 30-40 years ago. “Those of us who continue working up here have to carry out maintenance works to avoid fires and keep paths free from vegetation; the authorities don’t seem to care much”, José Luis explains. He has used bed frames to build makeshift gates to keep wild boar and roe deer away from his grapes. In this unspoiled wilderness wit is a necessary asset.
"The red 2016 Candea Tinto is an easy-drinking, unoaked and fruit-driven blend of multiple grape varieties--Mencía, Arauxa, Garnacha Tintorera and Mouratón--from different vineyards in the village of Tamagos plus a little bit of Alicante Bouschet and Mouratón from 70-year-old vines. It fermented with one-third full clusters and indigenous yeasts and was kept in stainless steel for one year before it was bottled. This is much better than the 2015--sharper, more focused, more austere. It's still young and undeveloped, but it's serious while at the same time easy to drink. Truly outstanding for the price." 91+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate