Valdeorras Wine

“Valley of Gold” is the literal translation for Valdeorras, located inland in Northwest Spain. It is reported to be the very first place where grapes were grown and wine produced in Galicia, Spain. Ancient Romans originally came to the area in pursuit of gold. Once they had finished, they began planting grapes and making wine.  For centuries, the vines were overseen by religious orders.  It became a DO in 1945. The region is best known for resurrecting the Godello grape from near-extinction in the 1970s. The landscape is flat or gently rolling, as one would expect from a valley. The vineyards are located on the banks of the Sil river. The climate is primarily continental, with some Atlantic influences. Storms, extreme summe heat, and frost are all risks. 

While the area is most well known for its age-worthy White Godello wines, there are some notable red wines made from the Mencia grape produced as well. 

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Verdejo

    History of the grape: Verdejo has existed in the region for centuries, thought to have first been planted by the Moor...

  • Godello

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

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  • A Coroa

    This winery was founded in 2002 by Angel Lopez who also runs a vine nursery supplying vines to ...

  • Bodegas Valdesil

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

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  • I had a somewhat unusual wine last night with my fish in cheese sauce. It was a ... ... It was a white wine from Valdeorras in  Galicia in Spain, a Godello A Coroa Valdeorras. Godello is a grape indigenous to Valdeorras and the small A Coroa winery specialises in it. It is a dry almost bitter wine with a sour apple,almond and ginger style fruit... Read More

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  • A Coroa Godello Valdeorras 2006

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for £10. Valdeorras got DO status in 1945 for red,rose and white wines from that area of Galicia in north-west Spain. Valdeorras translates as 'valley of gold' as the Romans mined gold here although the river that runs through it is called the River Sil.The godello grape [k... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ladera Sagrada a Portela 2013

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    Good, but a with a watery pinot style of body this was full of diluted red fruit, pepper and spice. 82 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodegas Abanico Rua Valdeorras 2010

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    Unique to say the least. Another, in what was a completely different night of wine tasting at the house. Cider vinegar right off the bad, not exacting the kind of intro that we'd thought, but different. After sitting and warming this develops a green herbal quality and a drop of honey that alone doesn't really set off any green lights, but with ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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


  • Rafael Palacios Louro Do Bolo Godello 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Teppo


  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro Do Bolo NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Yolanda 01


  • Rafael Palacios Godello Sabrego 2011

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    Like a Viognier with a bit more spice. Grassy apple melds with apricot for a long, sweet acidic finish. Excellent value. Great experience with an underwing grape variety! Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Rafael Palacios Godello Sabrego 2011

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    Really nice Spanish white from the Godello grape. Ripe peach, melon, a hint of lemon and a touch of perfume on the nose and palate. Medium finish with a touch of viscosity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Telmo Rodríguez Godello Valdeorras Gaba Do Xil 2007

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    Wine review by clarioss


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