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The Background

This Spanish wine is made from a mix of modern and old vines which are hand-picked single-variety Godello grapes selected from the Virxe de Vilar vineyards with the greatest amount of sunlight in Galicia.

Via Nova Godello

Available through LCBO e-commerce and at the

2946 Bloor St. W. LCBO

92 points - Wine Enthusiast


This wine has the color of Canary melon flesh. Slightly sulphury and showing struck flint on the nose, this wine does an about face with some residual sugar on the attack. The flavors are spicy and melon-driven, with lots of pithy citrus, especially tangerine and pink grapefruit. There’s very good concentration and a pleasant mouthfeel followed by a textured, medium-length finish. This one is worth writing home about, and should mature well through 2019. — (5/19/2016)

4 Stars (4/5) - Vic Harradine

Aromas of honeydew melon and pear introduce a gorgeously textured wash of tang-laden grapefruit pith and lemon infused with steely/mineral notes racing across the palate persisting through the crisp, clean and refreshing finish that just doesn’t quit. Pour with prawn ceviche or freshly shucked briny oysters on the half shell. 

90 points - Matt Steeves

Via Nova's Godello grapes benefit from the warm continental climate in the Spanish DO of Valdeorras, which is great for ripening the fruit, coupled with an Atlantic maritime influence that ensures Godello grapes retain their crisp mouthwatering acidity. Although Godello may not be as popular as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, it certainly delivers great flavour, structure, and acidity, making it a terrific wine to enjoy with food, and great conversation piece too. Via Nova's 2015 Godello shows tart citrus, almonds, olives, and sea breeze on the nose. The palate is crisp, textured, and refreshing, with pithy grapefruit, tart apple, and minerality persisting on the finish making this ideal when enjoyed with Bacalao Ajoarriero (salted cod), Ajo Blanco (almond and garlic soup), oysters on the half shell, or seared scallops with creamy risotto. A great wine for enjoying with a fine maritime meal. Tasted November 2016. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

History of Godello

Godello is a white grape originating in the northwest of Spain, from the province of Galicia. Godello is a modern "rescue project": by the 1970s, the grape was nearly extinct. It is now a major player in Spain and, increasingly, on the world stage. Godello is now one of Spain's two premier white wines alongside Albariño. 

Virxe De Gelar

Virxe de Gelar has over 14 hectares of vineyards on slaty soil in Galicia. These vineyards were inherited from their ancestors, combining old vine-stocks with modern plantations. The top quality that they aim for, is achieved by a rigorous pre-selection, carrying out selective pruning and thinning of grapes, which results in a production not exceeding 2 Kg per vine-stock.