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 »

Varietals Produced in Galicia View all

  • Godello

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Savagnin

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

  • Adegas Valmiñor

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

  • A Coroa

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

  • Adegas Galegas

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

  • 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...

  • Bodegas Castro Martin

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

  • 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...

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Galicia on Snooth

  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2005

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    Excellent value albarino, made in a more modern fruit-forward style. Grapefruit, apple, and peach aromas and flavors with lots of flowery notes. Not much mineral--mostly sweet juicy fruit. Read More

    Wine review by drdebs


  • Pazo Casanova Ribeiro Maxima 2005

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    Treixadura Light cream notes with nuts and smokey minerals on the nose. In the mouth it has a good acidity with some citrus, and a medium body. Creamy pineapple flavors on the finish. I hoped for more from this wine. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Pazo Casanova Ribeiro 2005

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    85% Trexidura, 15% Albarino, Godello, and Loureira Light gold in color with a nose that is faint showing light citrus, and cream. In the mouth the wine is soft and creamy with steely flavors of pineapple, minerals, and harrelson apples. Very nice and overall a well balanced light acidity. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Vitivinícola Do Ribeiro Treixadura Ribeiro Tostado de Costeira NV

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    Rich golden color. The nose shows amond, honey and caramel notes. Rich and sweet in the mouth with a high acidity that balances it well. Intense flavors of wood, almonds, and honey. Very interesting and fun to drink. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Albarino de Fefinanes Spain 2005

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    Light gold/green in color. Bright fruit, with light peach and lime notes. Just bottled and thus has a slight sparkle in the mouth and it needs a bit of time to calm down. Flavors of melon, lime, make this wine a fresh fun wine to drink. 3.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Godello Valdeorras As Sortes 2004

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    Light gold in color. The nose is a mushroomy oak palate with nuances of pineapple overlaid. Medium acidity and creamy in the mouth. The body is medium to big with a creamy richness throughout. The palate has some of the pineapple of the nose with a creamy peach custard like flavor. Great wine from a grape unknown outside of Spain. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adegas Galegas S.l. Albariño Rías Baixas Don Pedro de Soutomaior Macerado En Neve Carbonica 2005

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    Very clear with a nose of citrus and flowers. Bone dry in the mouth with a high acidity. The palate reminds me of Harrelson apples I used to pick as a child in Minnesota, followed by citrus, and fresh peach flesh. Crisp and refreshing, really a fun wine. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adega Mondelo Ribeira Sacra Porvide Men Ia 2004

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    Dark reddish color. Nose shows raspberry, black pepper, wet earth, and gingerbread. Medium acid and firm tannins fill the mouth. In the mouth dark earth, pepper and rich fruit all mingle. Really a nice example of the power this grape has. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Adega Mondelo Ribeira Sacra Porvide Blanco 2004

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    Light golden in color. The nose is candy like with creamy fruit and daisey like floral notes. Overall very dry with a medium acidity that keeps it fresh. Primary flavors are of golden apple with some floral hints thrown in. Tasty though not really enough body to make it interesting. 2.5/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Viña Cartín Rías Baixas Terras de Lantaño 2004

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    Nice fruit driven nose with hints of lime and flowers. Medium acidity and a bit austere. Flavors of lime, lemon, and floral notes throughout. Perfect for light summer fare. 3/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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