As befits one of the members of a clan firmly entrenched in Spain’s winemaking elite, Rafael Palacios’ Godellos have become the undisputed benchmark by which other Iberian white wines are judged. Rafael purchased some mature vineyards in Valdeorras in 2004, motivated by the idea of recuperating this unique sub-zone of the Bibei Valley in the Municipality of O Bolo. He has accomplished this with resounding success. Much lke neighbouring Ribera Sacra, much of the Godello in Valdeorras is cultivated traditionally on steep terraces. The predominance of small plots is the result of inheritances drawn by lot, often out of a hat, called “Sorte” in the Galician language, and the inspiration for the name As Sortes.