Galicia, a fiercely independent little corner of Spanish perched above Portugal, with a language and culture of its own, is one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain. The fresh Atlantic influenced wines from here are quite distinct. Valdeorras has a long tradition of grape growing stretching back to Roman times. Soils range from granite, gneiss, quartzite, and clay on the banks of the river Bibei, to slate and schist along the river Sil. The native Godello grape, which was almost wiped out by phylloxera, is now being replanted and produces well-structured, nervy whites with ageing potential. Viña Somoza was founded in 2001, but it was in 2017 when they employed Javier García from 4 Monos, that the project took an exciting new course. Javi has been brought in to maximise the potential of these outstanding vineyards, conversion to organics is well under way and a scheme to bring back to life historic vineyard sites is in the pipeline.