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 ...

  • Adegas Dia-Noite

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

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  • Alipio Mencia Valdeorras 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by slp26

  • Adegas Día E Noite Godello Galiciano Día Valdeorras NV


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    Wine review by citydawn

  • Bodegas Godeval Vina Godeval Blanco 2008


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro Do Bolo 2005


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    Wine review by NDM Seattle

  • A Coroa Godello Valdeorras 2007


    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


    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


    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

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