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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Varietals Produced in Valdeorras 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...

  • Godello

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

  • Verdejo

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

  • 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...

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  • A Coroa

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

  • Bodegas Valdesil

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

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  • A Coroa Godello Valdeorras 2007

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    Who says white wines are only for warm summer months? This white reminds us of apple picking in the fall & the crunch of fallen leaves beneath our feet. Crisp, tart fruitiness & subtle minerality. Tip back a glass & embrace the season! Read More

    Wine review by grapelab


  • Viña Godeval Valdeorras Blanco 2006

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    This wine is made from Godello, sometimes incorrectly - as HERE - identified as ... native white-wine grape of Valdeorras, in the Galician DO of Spain. This wonderful, mineral-y, medium-body white wine reminds of Chablis but with the crisply acidic snap of a NZ Sauvigon Blanc. Citrus, green apple and a touch of spice. Great food wine and a nice... Read More

    Wine review by WineFlair


  • Telmo Rodríguez Godello Valdeorras Gaba Do Xil 2007

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    Don't get me started, oh GOD, I'm away, GODello, GODelloess of my life, your soft and firm and waxy, are you real or only the wax statue of the Spanish woman of my dreams. Who is this Telmo Rodriguez, is she man or woman? either way I want to run my forefinger down her waxy cheek - take the white flowers she clutches to her breast, pluck the pe... Read More

    Wine review by TBelford


  • Joaquín Rebolledo Joaquin Rebolledo Mencía 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by christina rodrigues


  • Joaquín Rebolledo Joaquin Rebolledo Mencía 2007

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  • Joaquín Rebolledo Joaquin Rebolledo Mencía 2007

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  • Joaquín Rebolledo Joaquin Rebolledo Mencía 2007

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  • Telmo Rodriguez Gabo Do Xil Valdeorras Mencia 2006

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    A producer that all should be familiar with; seldom offering a disappointing wine. This 100% Mencia has an excellent nose, balance and a delicacy and poise that we pinpointed to violets. Ripe strawberries adds to the complexity of flavour.http://www.spittoon.biz/great_iberian_wines_from_vinot.html Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Viña Godeval Valdeorras Blanco 2006

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    Wine review by cbarbata


  • A Coroa Godello Valdeorras 2006

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    Tangy, with a slightly bitter aftertaste, but not unpleasant. The flavor is difficult to pin down: it's not particularly fruity, but has enough acid to make it satisfying. The mouthfeel is a little glycerine, and the finish long. Read More

    Wine review by Jack Lynch


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