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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Condes de Albarei

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

  • Bodegas Castro Martin

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

  • Pazo San Mauro

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

  • Bodegas Valdesil

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

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Galicia on Snooth

  • Albarino 2006

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    Nice albarino. Rounder and a bit fatter than most albarinos but still a nice wine. Went very well with a smoked gouda. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Albarino 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by pwdzoe


  • Bodegas Nora Albariño Rías Baixas 2004

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    We were surprised how great this really was especially considering the price. Perfect with tonight's Paella. Read More

    Wine review by ctillsley


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Was actually with HondaJohn when i tried this. Lots of orange, lemon and other sweet citrus notes - agree with popsicle as a description. Nice and crisp and refreshing. Good acidity - a real summer wine. Fairly simple, but good at what it does. Would pair very well with chicken salad, or some other lighter summer fare. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Interesting wine but not fully to my taste. Notes at the wine bar said Popsicle on it and I definitely got that. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • Telmo Rodríguez Godello Valdeorras Gaba Do Xil 2005

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    NOTE: The variety is Godello, not Verdelho or Verdejo. Read my review at http://enotheque.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Vionta Albariño Rías Baixas 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Hawk


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Light golden in color with a lovely green sheen. Very typical aromas you would find from an Albariño including subtle notes of vanilla peach, shale and gorgeous white floral nose. After a weekend of ports, this is a fabulous transition! Nice round mouthfeel, despite it's hollow midpalate, and nice lingering mineral, pear and light creme finish. ... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007

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    Pale gold color with a perfect albarino nose. LIght smokey cream sits at the base of great flesh fruit flavors and floral minerals. Wow that is a hard one to grab, but really this is a nice nose that will keep you going to back to figure it out. In the mouth this wine is fat, and round with lots of nice body, though a light finish. Lime notes mi... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Salneval Albarino 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by ecord


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