Profile of Bodegas Martín Códax Winery

Bodegas Martn Cdax, Rias Baixas - Spain

Located in the scenic Salnés Valley, the north west of Pontevedra is in the beautiful tributaries around the fishing village of Cambados, Martín Códax has firmly placed the enchanting Albariño grape variety on the international stage. Relatively new in Spanish terms (less than 20 years), the Galician winery has made leaps and bounds in terms of producing quality, clean fresh wines and in getting the word out. Unusual in the area, Códax only uses its own estate grapes, rather than buying them in from local growers. The winemaker, Luciano Amoedo Rodino, was also the founder of the "Rías Baixas" Denomination of Origin (appellation), and is a pre-eminent wine professional.

Bodegas Martín Códax has three brands- Códax, Burgáns and Organistrum- and uses 100% Albariño, a grape claimed by Catalan winemaker Miguel Torres to be a cousin of Riesling, brought over to Spain by German pilgrims making their way to Santiago de Compostela. The local regulatory council disagree, but what everyone agrees upon is that the grape is one of Spain's "noble" varietals. This part of Spain is absolutely marvellous for the food and wine loving tourist- Celtic in spirit more than Spanish, with landscapes more similar to Ireland than the typical images of dry Spain, with the best freshly caught seafood in Europe and delightful white and light red wines. Galicia is an original and unforgettable place for a wine tour, and Bodegas Martín Códax is one of the best and most dynamic wineries to visit.

Wines Produced

Martín Códax Blanco Joven (young wine) 100% Albariño, 12.2% alc
Burgáns Blanco Joven (young wine) 100% Albariño, 12% alc
Organistrum Cask fermented Albariño, 2 months in Alliers oak, 12.2% alc
Martín Códax Gallaecia Late Harvest Dessert Wine (Vendimia Tardía) Albariño

Winery Facts & Figures

D.O.: Rias Baixas
Other wine brands: Burgans, Organistrum
Founded: 1986
Managing Director: Juan Antonio Vázquez Gancedo
Winemaker: Luciano Amoedo Rodino
Area under Vine: 180 ha
Oak: French Allier
Age of Vines: 10-15 year old vines
Pruning: "Emparrado", grapes are all picked by hand

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