Quinta de Aves is located in the Campo de Calatrava region south of Madrid, a large estate of 500 hectares although less than a sixth of this is vineyards. The rest of the estate is open farm, bush and lagoons, the birds adorning the winery’s labels symbolic of the 100+ different bird species that inhabit and migrate through it.
Campo de Calatrava is in fact a volcanic field of more than 5000 square km, with volcanic activity recorded as recently as the 18th century. This makes the topology of the landscape and the soil type of the vineyards unique and highly distinctive in Spain, the volcanic rock imparting minerality to the vines, grapes and the resulting wines.
The whites here are particularly impressive, as good as many a Rueda and Rias Baixas we’ve tasted, with that minerality a signature.