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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 Mencia and Bastardo.
In the easternmost part of Galicia is Valdeorras, sometimes referred to as the “gateway to Galicia.” This area is well known for stunning examples of dry, white Godello. Here is where that varietal shines, taking on more earthy tones to balance the citric acidity. Red wines are produced from Mencia, and are sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha. 
Finally, between Ribeira Sacra and Rias Baixas lies the D.O. Ribeira. White wines are produced from Treixadura, Torrontes, Godello, Albariño and Loueiro. They often have a slight frizzante, much like Vinho Verde from neighboring Portugal. Red wines are mostly consumed locally, and produced from Mencia, Caino, Brancellao and Tempranillo. 


– Description from Amanda Schuster

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