Galician wine: A trip through the vineyards of Galicia.

Wine in Galicia is an art form, along with its culture and long legacy of history. The fruit of their production is based on their millenary traditions, visible from each of its corners, whatever that be, by its beautiful beaches in Rías Baixas, its cliffs at Valle del Sil. The countryside is full of vineyards that extend along the whole region, flanking side by side with probably one of the most famous routes in the world, el Camino de Santiago (the way of St James).

In today´s post we would like to take a wine tour to Galicia. A trip to understand a little better the different wines that are produced in the region. Would you like to join us?

rias-baixasAlbariño vines from the DO Rías Baixas. Image by M. Rey (CC BY 2.0 NC)

Galicia is located in the far Northwest of the Spanish peninsula known for its humid and cold winds from the Atlantic Ocean and being “isolated” from the warmth of rest of the peninsula by the Sierra de Ancares (Mountains), which converts this region into the most humid and rainy region in the whole of Spain, with an average rainfall of 1,300mm per year.

Fortunately, Galicia receives more than 2,000 hours of sun every year, which helps to combat the humidity and ripens the grapes. Nevertheless, only a few red grapes have adapted to this climate – mainly Mencía, Loureiro, Caíño and Espadeiro. This means that Galicia produces mainly white wines.

Galicia consists of 5 different designations of origins: Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra, Monterrei, Valdeorras and Riberiro. Would you like to discover this designations by getting to know its wines? Here are a few recommendations.

Pazo Señorans Colección 2011. From the D.O Rías Baixas, we propose this structured monovarietal of Albariño, 2011, aged for 5 months on its lees and left to mature for 30 months in the winery so you can enjoy it now. Full of mature aromas.

Lalama 2011. All of the minerality and freshness of the Ribeira Sacra which is summed up by this blend dominated by Mencía, with an added touch of a few other varieties. A red wine originating from vineyards planted in very deep slate and enigmatic soils.

Gorvia Blanco 2011. From the D.O Monterrei we propose this monovarietal from the local Doña Blanca grape, produced by Adegas Quinta da Muradella. A white wine, intense aromas on the nose, dominated by juicy white fruit combined with mineral notes. Fresh and silky on the palate. A jewel.

Bolo 2014. We now travel to the D.O Valdeorras, This is the land of the variety Godella, we present this Bolo 2014. A white wine produced by the oenologist Rafael Palacios with a magnificent quality to price ratio. Smooth, fresh, wide and silky.

The Flower and the Bee 2014. We say goodbye to Galicia with this magnificent organic white wine from the D.O Ribeiro. A 100% Treixadura aged for 7 months in tanks, very varietal, fleshly and enjoyable.

What are you waiting for? You are going to love them!

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