While Bierzo is largely synonymous with red wines made from the Mencia grape, white varieties comprise nearly of quarter of total plantings in the DO. Of the permitted white varieties in Bierzo, by far the most common is Palomino Fino which far outpaces Godello, Doña Blanca and Malvasia in total plantings. The oldest vineyards in the region are almost always co-planted so as Mario has been acquiring his vineyards around the village of Villa de San Lorenzo, he’s been finding himself with more and more white grapes. 2016 marks the inaugural vintage of his Villa de San Lorenzo Blanco – his village white which blends 75% Palomino Fino with 25% Doña Blanca. At elevation in the Aquilanos and from soils high in slate and quartz, this is a mineral and refreshing wine showing aged in tank and neutral French oak barrels.