Bodegas La Val was founded in 1985, and its owners were active in promoting the creation of the Rías Baixas denominación de origen in 1988. The estate now has grown to 53 hectares of vineyards in the subzone Condado do Tea, which, at about 30 miles up the Miño River from the Atlantic, is the warmest of the Rías Baixas subzones. Here, Albariño ripens to a peach/citrus character with lower acidity than typical of the cooler coastal zones.
While Albariño is certainly the focus, La Val also grows the traditional Condado do Tea white varietals Treixadura and Loureiro and a bit of the red Souson. With the exception of one barrel-fermented Albariño, the wines are all vinified in stainless steel for maximum clarity and brilliance.