Humble and focused, Luis knows Ribeiro better than almost anyone else – he even served as the president of the Ribeiro D.O. for many years. He has been quietly crafting wines around Arnoia since 1988, using his knowledge of the region to slowly purchase just over 5 hectares of vineyard, scattered over 100 carefully chosen micro-plots. His mission is to showcase the enormous potential of native grape varieties such as Treixadura, Lado, Ferrol, Caiño Longo, Caiño Redondo, and Brancellao. The soils are decomposed granite with sandy topsoil, and vines range from 10 to 50 years of age, with many of them being planted by Luis himself. His range of wines is split into Os Pasás or A Torna dos Pasás, coming from more fertile soils and younger vines, and Escolma, a selection of his older vines from poorer soils and much lower yields. All wines are fermented with native yeasts in either stainless steel vats or old French oak barrels. They are muscular, yet ethereal and elegant, with great intensity of flavour. These are the kind of bottles that can be opened and drunk in minutes, or cellared for two decades. Luis is a true Ribeiro institution, considered a legend by many - especially Burgundy devotees - and after tasting his wines we understand why.