Bodegas Ruchel is a family-owned winery that is located in the Villamartín commune of the Valdeorras DO. In about 12 hectares of their own vineyards, the family farms primarily the local Godello grape as well as some Mencía for some small quantities of red wine. Now, the quality of each of their wines is a clear example of their focus on clean farming methods and a soft hand in vinification, as it is has always been a crucial piece of their philosophy since day one. A part of the estate is carved into the hillside, utilizing the cool climate of the underground to regulate a perfect year-round temperature. Having produced wine for only a couple of decades, Ruchel is proud to already represent the tradition and style of truly great Valdeorras wine, and has made a very good reputation for themselves throughout the area.
Ruchel Godello is the main wine produced at the bodega. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks and is then decanted off its lees into another tank in order to relax for a few months before bottling. Once bottled, again it rests until the winemaker finds it to be drinking appropriately for release to the market. Pale yellow in color, the wine exhibits aromas of lemon and other citrus fruits along with some floral notes and a touch of nuttiness. In the mouth, it is clean and crisp with strong acidity. The finish is long and full with elements of stone fruits, citrus, and some nice minerality.
Ruchel Mencía is made from hand-harvested Mencia grapes; a local red varietal of the area. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then left to age in the bottle for 9 months. Red cherry in color, this wine exhibits the lovely characteristics of quality Mencia. It is clean and well-balanced with red and black berry notes along with some good earthiness and a bit of spice. The finish is clean and pleasant with lingering notes of fruit and spice. This medium-bodied red is a good accompaniment to grilled fish and all types of meats and game.