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

  • Savagnin

  • Albariño

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

  • Verdelho

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

  • 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

  • Agro De Bazán

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

  • Bodegas Terras Gauda

    Both lie in a privileged landscape in the O Rosal valley, close to the mouth of the river Miño in...

  • Lagar de Costa

    Lagar de Costa is a family-owned winery, where the work and dedication of three generations, devo...

  • Pazo San Mauro

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

  • sucesores de benito santos s.l.

    we are one of the oldest wineries in rias baixas. Benito santos fue uno de los founding fatehrs o...

  • Adegas Galegas

    Adegas Galegas began its activity in 1995 with the acquisition of “Viñedos de Goián” and “Condasa...

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Galicia on Snooth

  • Fefinanes Albarino 2010

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    Fruit and minerals in perfect mix! Read More

    Wine review by cromero13


  • Licia Albariño Rías Baixas Licia 2011

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    Update - May 2015: I just had this wine again at Chop Shop in Chelsea (Manhattan, not London) with a vegetarian Thai curry. Great value and nice pairing! Read More

    Wine review by AlineAlmeida


  • Condes de Albarei Albarino Rias Baixas 2012

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    Binny's 4/2015. Delightful mouthful after mouthful, I mean sip after sip. Another great early 2015 deck party, this bottle helped make Mother's Day special. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Bodegas la Cana Albarino 2013

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    Excellent albarino from Rias Baixas Spain. The nose is not overly aromatic but fairly citrusy. The palate is crisp, nicely acidic, with hints of lemon cream, orange peel, a touch of baking spice, and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Nora 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Martin Codax Rias Baixas Albarino 2012

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    Binny's 12/2014. Lovely bottle...accompanied about three mid week dinners and made each one better. Good value. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Pazo Torrado Albarino Rias Baixas 2011

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    Honey, candied lemon peel and green apple aromas. Lemon rind on the palate with peach, pleasant acidity and a touch of yeasty toast on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martin Codax Albarino White

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    Beautiful taste great wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Sin Palabras Castrovaldes Albarino Rias Baixas Adegas Castro Brey 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro Do Bolo NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Yolanda 01


  • 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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