With a PhD in enology, Iria Otero Mazoy is a consummate expert on the wines of northwest Spain. She channels her wealth of knowledge and winemaking experience into prismatic expressions of Albaiño and classically styled red and white blends of Galicia’s native grapes.
Iria gained an appreciation for wine around her family’s dinner table, where her father rarely sat down without a great bottle. However, she didn’t originally plan on making a career out of it. After completing a degree in Pharmacy, she started work at a London pharmacy in 2002. But soon after, she enrolled in the University of La Rioja to complete a Bachelor's degree in enology.
What followed was twelve years of winemaking and business roles at wineries across Spain, including a stint at Dominio do Bibei in Ribeira Sacra. Yet she wanted an even deeper understanding of viticulture, so in 2015 she completed a doctorate in enology, which included a research project on the early defoliation of Albariño in Salnés. That sparked her passion for Galicia, and after finishing her thesis, she began consulting and making her own wine in the region. In 2018, she completed work on a new cellar that she designed and rebuilt herself.
Today, Iria has access to vineyards in the Atlantic-influenced Rías Baixas and Ribeiro regions, where, in addition to her lees-aged Albariño, she endeavors to make wines in the traditional Galician style—field blends of local white varieties like Treixadura, Godello, Loureira, and Torrentés or red varieties like Brancellao, Sousón, and Caíño Longo.
She takes a non-interventionist approach in the cellar, focusing on growing and selecting fruit with tremendous intention. She and her partner Miguel manage vineyards without using herbicides or insecticides, fertilize with vegetable waste, and only work with environmentally respectful growers. They do everything by hand and ferment spontaneously, yielding natural wines representative of the region’s classic style.
- Producer: Iria Otero Mazoy
- Vendor: Iria Otero Mazoy
- Varietals: Albariño, Treixadura, Godello, Loureira, Bracellao, Caiño Longo, Souson
- Labor Practices: "The vineyards, winery, and sales are managed entirely by Iria and Miguel. "
- Sustainable Practices: We work with vegetable soil. We use the waste for distilled processes, production of soaps, cream, and vinegars. Vegetable waste is used as fertilizer. No herbicides or insecticides are used. Both pure and extracted phytosanitary products are contact products. We recover old vines in the process of abandonment. We work with bottles of less than 550g and recycled cardboard. We work with natural cork.
- Country: Spain
- Region: Galicia
- Sub Region: Rias Baixas, Ribeiro