MartÃn CÃ³dax is a modern and dynamic co-operative, situated to the north of RÃas Baixas. It is the largest producer in Galicia and an estate-grown AlbariÃ±o specialist, conducting ongoing research into the variety. MartÃn CÃ³dax was founded in 1986 by 50 families, led by ninth generation winemaker Luciano Amoedo and has since grown to over 550 members. The co-operative was named MartÃn CÃ³dax after the medieval poet and minstrel who lived in Galicia. MartÃn CÃ³dax was instrumental in the creation of the RÃas Baixas DO in 1988 (the statutes were signed at the winery) and has championed the AlbariÃ±o variety, now the most widely planted in the region. Luciano Amoedo still heads the winemaking team and has sat on the Wine Tasting Committee of the RÃas Baixas DO since it was founded. There is a large feminine presence at the winery, including enologist Katia Ãlvarez. Katia followed her degree in viticulture in Santiago de Compostela with two seasons in a Chilean vineyard, before returning to her native Galicia. At MartÃn CÃ³dax, she has the freeD. to experiment with AlbariÃ±o and is currently looking into extending the varietyâs shelf life through oak barrel fermentation. MartÃn CÃ³dax has 420 hectares of vineyard planted with AlbariÃ±o (13% of the total RÃas Baixas DO), with each family holding averaging less than one hectare in size. They are primarily located in the SalnÃ©s Valley, which is particularly suited to the AlbariÃ±o variety and now represents 70% of its total production. This cool valley sits five kilometres from the sea and benefits from its cooling influence at night, which ensures the fresh, pure aromatics are retained to balance the ripeness and weight derived from the warm days.
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