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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  • Tempranillo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Verdejo

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

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  • Adegas Dia-Noite

    If we observe the current wine scene and carefully examine the issues that surround it, we must c...

  • A Coroa

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

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  • Bodegas Abanico Rua Valdeorras 2010

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    Crisp, but not too sweet. Notes of lemon grass and melon. Read More

    Wine review by Craig Bilodeau


  • Ladera Sagrada Godello Valdeorras Castelo Do Papa 2010

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    I had this at L'Ecole tonight. It was a nice wine that went well with the appetizer and fish entree. It wasn't as good with dessert. Read More

    Wine review by ps


  • Viña Godeval Valdeorras Blanco 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by ergodos


  • Bodegas Godeval Vina Godeval Blanco 2008

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    A structured, well balanced mineral-driven wine with fine fruity flavors and a peppy acidic finish. One of the best whites I've ever tasted. Read More

    Wine review by iheijoushin


  • Alipio Mencia Valdeorras 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by slp26


  • Adegas Día E Noite Godello Galiciano Día Valdeorras NV

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    Rustic old world Read More

    Wine review by citydawn


  • Bodegas Godeval Vina Godeval Blanco 2008

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    Had this with dinner at Wild Grape with mussels and red snapper with boullibase, paired very well. Medium body with bright acidity and stood up well to stronger flavors. some mineral notes detected. Read More

    Wine review by smoore7


  • Bodegas la Tapada Godello Valdeorras Guitián Sobre Lías 2008

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    Drunk as an aperitif and then with white fish in court bouillon.Nose open, the minerality of Sancerre, very tense. The flowers come up with little fruit. When shaken, anise takes over. And perception of fat. In the mouth attack on the mineral / greenness. Rather nice for an appetizer. Taste the fruit, with anise, which comes quickly. Final fat, ... Read More

    Wine review by cyril


  • Casal Novo Godello Valdeorras 2007

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    Strong sour fruit balanced well against mineral and acid. Interesting and unusual varietal, Godello. Nose of hints of green nectarine, grass, mineral, sort of like a sauv blanc. Attacks firmly with acid and ripe sour fruit (nectarine, citrus) with a hint of gasoline/volatiles. Finishes of mineral and earth competing with green fruit. Body m... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine


  • Casal Novo Mencia 2007

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    Fascinating elegant, mild dusty dark fruit wine with a touch of bitterness. Nose featured fruit and a hint of paint. In the mouth dusty with ripe, slightly bitter dry dark fruit (black plum, blueberry) and a hint of spice and dry bay leaves. Dryish, medium body, medium to light acid, medium to light tannin. Read More

    Wine review by dynowine


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