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

  • Albariño

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

  • Savagnin

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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 Terras Gauda

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

  • Pazo Pondal

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

  • Adega Valdés

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

  • Bodegas Valdesil

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

  • A Coroa

    Although A Coroa is a family run winery, it has current, up-to-date wine-making equipment. Sens...

  • Bodegas Viña Mein

    Our modern and functional winery is built on a human scale. This is one of the simple secrets tha...

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Galicia on Snooth

  • Terras Gauda 2014

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    Intriguingly nutty bouquet of almond and maraschino cherry with more classic white wine notes of lemon meringue and green apple. Palate is lightly spiced and quite velvety with green apple and pear notes, tart acidity and excellent balance, with a finish of toast and butter covered in lemon zest. Beautiful wine.91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vina Somoza Godello Sobre Lias 2013

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    Medium light notes of oregano, melon and lemon brushes the nose with a hint of more spice and minerality in the glass. Chalky green apple and lemon notes in the mouth with a hint of something green showing through and a touch of phenolics as well, this turns steely on the midpalate and nestles down with some butter towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Licia Albarino Rias Baixas 2013

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    A whiff of rose petal on the nose with mostly lemon notes. A bit soft in the mouth, this still shows some good acidity and freshness, lots of lemon on the palate, some soft cheese hints make for a creamy finish.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paco & Lola Albarino 2007

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    Just love it! Movida are on to a winner to accompany tapas Read More

    Wine review by Josnowball


  • La Cana Albarino 2014

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    Binny's 8/28/15. Served at my 69th party. Mostly lady friends, who were stuck on Pinot Grigio, and had never tasted Albarino raved about it. Sadly? for me it was an evening of sipping fine whiskey. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Mar de Frades Albariño 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Lusco Albariño Rías Baixas 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Rafael Palacios Louro Do Bolo Godello 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Do Ferreiro Albariño 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Fefinanes Albarino 2010

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    Fruit and minerals in perfect mix! Read More

    Wine review by cromero13


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