The word Pazo refers to a style of Galician manor house that became popular between the 17th and 19th centuries, although Pazo Baión was given its current appearance in the early 20th century by a Galician émigré, returned home from Argentina where he’d made his New World fortune. Although vineyards were always part of the estate, they wouldn’t form an integral part until a Galician conglomerate bought Pazo Baión in the 1970’s, planting the very first viñedo técnico of Albariño in Rías Baixas. This “technical vineyard,” as the winery explained, was the first example of Albariño being planted with the goal of producing and marketing the wine on a large scale, with all the technical aspects that follow. Previous to this, Galicia’s minifundios – i.e. smallholdings – dominated grape growing, and as a result, wine was produced essentially for personal consumption. With the government incentives mentioned earlier however, Pazo Baión jumped at the chance to help start the Rías Baixas modern wine scene. The property was purchased again in 2008, this time by the well-respected local winery Condes de Albarei, who converted Pazo Baión into one of Spain’s most modern wineries, utilizing the estate’s 40 year-old Albariño vines to make an incredibly elegant wine from this star variety.
Pazo Baión is the most exclusive albariño. An elegant and selected jewel. The shows floral and citric with a silky and persistent taste. A unique pleasure for those more sybarite. It is remarkable for its intense varietal perfume, with predominantly floral aromas (orange blossom and jasmine) and fruit with reminiscent of citrus and tropical notes. On the palate, it is silky and elegant, it displays a marked aromatic finesse without losing a young, fresh, mineral and lingering finish.