Martin Codax is a modern and dynamic co-operative, situated to the north of Rias Baixas. It is the largest producer in Galicia and an estate-grown Albarino specialist, conducting ongoing research into the variety. Martin Codax 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 Martin Codax after the medieval poet and minstrel who lived in Galicia.
Martin Codax was instrumental in the creation of the Rias Baixas DO in 1988 (the statutes were signed at the winery) and has championed the Albarino 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 Rias Baixas DO since it was founded.
There is a large feminine presence at the winery, including enologist Katia Alvarez. Katia followed her degree in viticulture in Santiago de Compostela with two seasons in a Chilean vineyard, before returning to her native Galicia. At Martin Codax, she has the freeD. to experiment with Albarino and is currently looking into extending the variety's shelf life through oak barrel fermentation.
Martin Codax has 420 hectares of vineyard planted with Albarino (13% of the total Rias Baixas DO), with each family holding averaging less than one hectare in size. They are primarily located in the Saln?s Valley, which is particularly suited to the Albarino 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.