José Antonio Porto
Benito Santos started his wine career working in his grandparents’ Albariño vineyards in the coastal region of Galicia in Spain. When Benito first made his own wines to serve to guests in his bar in the late 1970s, they were met with such acclaim that he expanded his production, eventually adding to his vineyard holdings of 12 hectares by creating long-term contracts with grower-partners. The estate produces a range of Albariño wines, some with extended lees contact that easily improve in bottle for a decade or more. An early and fervent advocate of the Albariño grape, Benito Santos played a significant role in helping create the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin, which was awarded in 1988. Recently, the winery has introduced Mencia and Godello-based wines from the neighboring region of Bierzo.