Galicia Wine

Located on the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is just under Portugal, along the Atlantic Ocean. It shares a wet, humid climate with a chilly wind, similar to Ireland or Scotland, with corresponding green pastures. 

The most famous D.O. in the area is Rías Baixas, renown for white wines made from the Albariño grape. These wines are versatile pairing partners with many cuisines (especially seafood) and are refreshing and light, with citrus and tropical flavors and good acidity. 
 
This is also home to Ribeira Sacra more inland, which primarily produces wines from the Mencia grape. These tend to be lighter in style than Bierzos and can be served to great effect with a slight chill. Other grapes grown in the area are Godello, Treixadura and Albariño.
 
Even farther inland, with a much drier climate is D.O. Monterrei. This area is mostly known for dry whites made with Doña Blanca, Treixadura and Godello. Some reds are also produced from Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Galicia View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Godello

    The Godello grape hails from northwestern Spain. It is most famously planted in the Valderorras region. It is thought...

  • Savagnin

  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Albariño

    History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Rieslin...

Subregions of Galicia

  • Rías Baixas

      This region lies along the Atlantic coastline in Galicia, in the northwest part of Spain. ...

  • Valdeorras

    “Valley of Gold” is the literal translation for Valdeorras, located inland in Northwest Spain. ...

  • Monterrei

  • Ribeira Sacra

    Wines made from Mencia grape. The origins of the grape are not clear. While there seems to be a...

  • Ribeiro

Popular Wineries in Galicia View all

  • Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes

    Wine is like people, in that the closer it comes t0 its roots, the closer it comes to its real id...

  • Agro De Bazán

    A very strict and avant-garde wine-production process, added to the special care and effort ma...

  • Adega Valdés

    Adega Valdés is the reflection of the vocation and labour of the Valdés family, which has owned 2...

  • Pazo Pondal

    A perfect expression of the most character-full and classy, Spanish white wines, it flaunts its y...

  • Adega Condes de Albarei

    The Condes de Albarei winery makes high quality wines only with the Albarino grape. This is an ar...

  • Adegas Valmiñor

    Adegas Valmiñor is located in the Valley O Rosal within the guarantee of origin. A mild climate ...

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Galicia on Snooth

  • Altos de Torona Rosal Triple Varietal 2015

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    A blend of three grape varieties: Albarino, Caino, and Loureiro. Very pretty clear golden color. Fairly floral nose. Very light and crisp. Light stone fruit on entry. Super tart. Very simple wine. Good for summer sipping with only the lightest of meals. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Terras Gauda Abadía de San Campio Albarino 2015

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    Remarkably bright golden color. Suggestion of citrus on the nose. The wine starts off with an unfortunate chemical taste, but that whatever that was, it blows off after a few minutes. Lots of acidic fruit flavorscitrus, tropical. Some mineral hints. But now Im getting a metallic thing on the back edges of my tongue. OK wine, but not one th... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño Rías Baixas 2015

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    Light refreshing mineral notes of lemongrass and lemon zest with a hint of mint and white pepper. Generous flavors of ripe peach, melon, persimmon and lemon on the palate with a perky acidity and a hint of effervescence through the midpalate. Finishes light but long with a nice creaminess and more mineral salinity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Terras Gauda Albarino Abadia de San Campio 2015

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    Rich minerality, sea foam and tart lemon aromas open for this on the nose with a lightly floral white blossom note and a hint of peach. This is zesty and bold on the palate particularly on entry with bright pink grapefruit and lemonade notes, a full acidity and touches of melon with a creamy texture towards the finish that holds on for quite a w... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vina Zaco Albarino Rías Baixas 2015

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    Binny's 3/2017. Another wine that I inhaled all buy myself in South Haven on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. So glad I did not have to share. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Pazo de San Mauro Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Honey, lemon zest and blossom aromas are nicely perfumed and inviting with a touch of spice. Fresh lemon, grapefruit and pear on the palate with a focused tartness that switches from salty sea air to melon to green apple in equal proportion before dispensing a final pop of acidity, cream and almond notes on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Señorío de Rubiós Robaliño Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Lightly floral honeysuckle and rose petal aromas with pleasant minerality and lemon and lime fruit notes on the nose. This has a playful and expressive mouthfeel with buoyant acidity and sweet spice alongside pink grapefruit, lime and a cooling finish full of creamy hazelnuts, green apple, honeydew melon and clean citrus fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Santiago Ruiz Albarino 2015

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    Assertive spice and zesty citrus on the nose with sea foam slate minerality. Tart and lemony in the mouth, this manages to be both zesty and soft, with creamy almonds playing against honeysuckle and Meyer lemon and a fresh wave of vanilla spice shooting through on the finish and giving way to floral apricot and toasted melon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Condes de Albarei Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Aromas of mineral peach, green apple and orange blossom with hints of buttery melon. Juicy and firm in the mouth with good body, more melon and fresh grapefruit notes, even a touch of pineapple coming through on the mid palate with a pleasant sandy salinity filtering through towards the finish just before releasing a touch of tangerine and cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Valminor Rias Baixas Albarino 2015

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    Fresh salty ocean air, seaweed and spicy lemon balm notes on the nose leading to a slight buttery character with grapefruit flavors. Continuing the theme on the palate, this wine tastes like a refreshing day at sea with salty lemon zest and lively, bouncy acidity in front of a tart citrus and ripe green apple finish. Excellent body, texture and ... Read More

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  • Galicia - Northwest Spain is the net for the famous Albariño is one of the oldest wines in the world in it configuration. Alba (Latin) means "white" and riño the river "Rhine". Correct written is Alba- not "Alva-". The Roman Empire brought this wine to Galicia, as the Spanish Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire till 500 a.c.. That means aroun...

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