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

  • 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...

  • Savagnin

  • Godello

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

  • Merlot

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

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 Valdesil

    The dream of a visionary winegrower has come to fruition, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm...

  • Bodegas Castro Martin

    A small family owned and managed wine cellar making top quality albariño wines that are now so...

  • 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...

  • Pazo San Mauro

    The winery Pazo San Mauro, located in the Denominación de Origen Rias Baixas, was acquired in 200...

  • 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

  • Ladera Sagrada a Portela 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Good, but a with a watery pinot style of body this was full of diluted red fruit, pepper and spice. 82 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodegas Abanico Rua Valdeorras 2010

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    Unique to say the least. Another, in what was a completely different night of wine tasting at the house. Cider vinegar right off the bad, not exacting the kind of intro that we'd thought, but different. After sitting and warming this develops a green herbal quality and a drop of honey that alone doesn't really set off any green lights, but with ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Burgans Rias Baixas Albarino 2014

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    She said it was just fine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Torres Pazo Das Bruxas Albarino 2013

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    Quite lovely. Golden in the Glass. Loads of Herbs, Minerals, and Stone Fruit. High level of Acidity, but with a surprising roundness, even oilyness, in the mouth. There seems to be a bit of oak which provides a long, smooth finish. Bits of Orange Rind as it opens up.One of the better Albarinos I have had. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rectoral Do Umia Viñabade Albariño 2014

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    Simple and bright fresh lemon and green apple aromas on the nose. This is emollient in the mouth with soft fleshy fruit notes of melon and papaya, a bit of creaminess coming through on the mi2015d palate amidst the green apple and lemon notes, and finishing a bit grassy and waxy with good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Terras Gauda O Rosal 2014

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    Floral notes of honeysuckle and nice fruit notes of peach and lemon. Tart and lemony on the palate with a good soft acidity throughout and hints of green apple and herb towards the finish which is quite tart. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Val Albarino 2014

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    Simple and refreshing notes of herbed lemon and green apple on the nose. This is a touch creamy with aged cheese on the palate but there's a lot of freshness here with more green apple and lemon/lime and some minerality on the finish.La Val 2014 is a selection of the best grapes in the estate's three vineyards, in the Condado de Tea sub-region. ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fillaboa Albariño 2014

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    Delicate salinity and notes of melon and green apple on the nose and some soft floral hints. Powerful immediately on entry with driving acidity and good crisp minerality but there's a lot of floral character here with white blossom and sunflower notes amidst peach and lemon, finishing creamy and warm. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pazo de Senorans Albarino 2013

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Paco and Lola Albarino 2011

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    Nice alternative to Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. Nice citrus, passion fruit and works well with Thai. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • 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...

    Comment by 455289gerardo009 455289 gerardo009


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