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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  • 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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  • Bodegas Valdesil

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

  • Adegas Dia-Noite

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  • Ladera Sagrada Godello Valdeorras Castelo Do Papa 2006

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    Wine review by Mglp100


  • Telmo Rodríguez Godello Valdeorras Gaba Do Xil 2005

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    NOTE: The variety is Godello, not Verdelho or Verdejo. Read my review at http://enotheque.blogspot.com/2008_07_01_archive.html Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro Do Bolo 2006

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    Pale yellow color with a nose that seems serious. Hints of banana, and through in the peel with a fresh cut grass note that frames the picture. Rich, and ready to develop is how it jumps out at me right away. In the mouth this is a rich wine, with a nice streak of acid and pina-colada like tropical flavors. What saves it though from becoming a b... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro Do Bolo 2006

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    Extremely pale golden yellow in color with delicate floral notes interlaced with crisp green apple and a hint of honey. Fun wine! Showing crisp acidity near the pack of the palate, with a buttery round mouthfeel that sort of slips off the tongue leaving a long delicious citrusy lemon, fresh herbs, and pear finish that I'm still tasting after run... Read More

    Wine review by gabriellaopaz


  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Valdeorras Louro Do Bolo 2006

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    Tasted at the NY Wine Co's "An Evening in Spain" wine tasting dinner: Intensely fruity nose, a wine of vibrant complexity. Touch of minerality adds more depth on the mid palate. Tropical fruits on the finish. A great summer wine, serve nice and chilled, very refreshing. An excellent complement to fish, or as i had it with roasted peppers stuffe... Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Godeval Godello Valdeorras 2005

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    Loads of Green Apple, almost like a liquid green apple Jolly Rancher. A hint of butter, but not like an annoying, Chardonnay butter bomb. It Killed with Asian Salmon. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Godeval Godello Valdeorras 2006

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    Wine review by Zootoon


  • Bodegas Rafael Palacios Godello Valdeorras As Sortes 2004

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    Light gold in color. The nose is a mushroomy oak palate with nuances of pineapple overlaid. Medium acidity and creamy in the mouth. The body is medium to big with a creamy richness throughout. The palate has some of the pineapple of the nose with a creamy peach custard like flavor. Great wine from a grape unknown outside of Spain. 4/5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Bodega Jesús Nazareno S.c.g. Valdeorras Aurensis Blanco Barrica 2004

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    Light gold in color the nose is of oak, butter, vanilla and little fruit. Nice acidity though heavey on the oak. The palate is butter, mushroom, wood...Ugh alt-2 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Bodega Jesús Nazareno S.c.g. Valdeorras Aurensis Blanco Barrica 2004

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    Soft gold in color. The nose presents mushroom, wet earth, light lime, and as weird as it seems, buttery grass! Off-dry to sweet in the mouth the acidity is medium. Light peach, lime, and grass, though it seems like reduction played a part in this wine. alt-2.5 [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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