Narupa was born of a dream from Rosa, Ruth and Fran. The vision was to create Albariño capable of communicating the character of Salnès. The first vintage of Alalà was in 2013, their sole bottling. The origin og their project is a famil plot of Albariño in the heart of the “Val do Salnès”, which was planted over forty years ago by Rosa’s and Fran’s grandfather.
Salnes is one of the 4 sub-zones of Rias Biaxas. This is the birthplace of Albariño and the perfect place to grow it. The area is dominated by an Atlantic climate favorable for grape growing. It has mild temperatures, abundant rainfall and high humidity. Unfortunately, that also means the constant threat of mildew. The soils are fertile siliceous granite a slightly acidic pH and a sandy texture.
The agriculture is sustainable and practicing organic, but not certified. The vineyards are espalier trained, as is typical of the region. Future goals include searching for a similar plot, one with a history of chemical-free agriculture and healthy vines, of Caiño Longo to make red wine from.
After the harvest, the grapes are foot stomped and fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts in the tank. After it is complete is is aged in tank for a full year. Ruth believes that Albariño takes a bit of time to express itself, so after bottling the wine is held in the cellar for an additional year before market release.