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 Viña Mein

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

  • 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 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 Terras Gauda

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

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Galicia on Snooth

  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007


    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


    NOTE: The variety is Godello, not Verdelho or Verdejo. Read my review at Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Vionta Albariño Rías Baixas 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Hawk

  • Martín Códax Albariño Rías Baixas Burgáns 2007


    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


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by ecord

  • Lagar de Fornelos Albariño Rías Baixas Lagar de Cervera 2004


    Typical well constructed albarino- goes well with all kinds of food particularly tapas! Read More

    Wine review by rr1042

  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro Do Bolo 2006


    Pale yellow color with a nose that seems serious. Hints of banana, and through in the peel with a fresh cut grass note that frames the picture. Rich, and ready to develop is how it jumps out at me right away. In the mouth this is a rich wine, with a nice streak of acid and pina-colada like tropical flavors. What saves it though from becoming a b... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz

  • Pazo de Señorans Albariño 2007


    First impression, big apricot aromas, followed by notes of straw, white peach, juicy green melon and a hint of ripe banana. Wait, add a touch of butter cream in there too. Wow, great acidity, but not overwhelming, rather like tasting a gentle wave of minerals lap over your tongue leaving a gentle green apple and a creamy white peach finish. I'm ... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz

  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro Do Bolo 2006


    Extremely pale golden yellow in color with delicate floral notes interlaced with crisp green apple and a hint of honey. Fun wine! Showing crisp acidity near the pack of the palate, with a buttery round mouthfeel that sort of slips off the tongue leaving a long delicious citrusy lemon, fresh herbs, and pear finish that I'm still tasting after run... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz

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