Envínate (aka wine-yourself) is the brainchild of Laura Ramos, Jose Martínez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente, four friends who met while studying oenology at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante. They focus on exploring the ancient, Atlantic-influenced terruños of Ribeira Sacra, The Canary Islands and Almansa. Their philosophy is simple: let each parcel fully express itself through traditional farming and wine-making methods. Right now there are four different projects under the Envínate umbrella: Lousas overseen by Alfonso Torrente in Ribeira Sacra, Táganan and Benje by Roberto Santana in Tenerife, and Albahra in Almansa by Laura Ramos and José Martínez. These are some very unique and special wines, and some are only made in tiny quantities, so grab them while you can!
Fruit comes from ungrafted vines trained in the traditional cordón trenzado method. From the Palo Blanco quarter in a village called Los Realejos that specializes in Listan Blanco, at 600 metres altitude on black sand and basalt soils. Viticulture is organic. Vines are around 100 years old. The soil is worked by hand without using any kind of chemicals. Harvesting is done by hand. Whole clusters are pressed, the juice left to settle overnight, then fermented without skins in 6,300 litre concrete tanks with indigenous yeasts and no temperature control. It is aged in 2,500 litre oval oak foudres from Friuli for 10 months. Tiny quantities available.