Galicia Wine

Located on the northwest corner of Spain, Galicia is just under Portugal, along the Atlantic Ocean. It shares a wet, humid climate with a chilly wind, similar to Ireland or Scotland, with corresponding green pastures. 

The most famous D.O. in the area is Rías Baixas, renown for white wines made from the Albariño grape. These wines are versatile pairing partners with many cuisines (especially seafood) and are refreshing and light, with citrus and tropical flavors and good acidity. 
 
This is also home to Ribeira Sacra more inland, which primarily produces wines from the Mencia grape. These tend to be lighter in style than Bierzos and can be served to great effect with a slight chill. Other grapes grown in the area are Godello, Treixadura and Albariño.
 
Even farther inland, with a much drier climate is D.O. Monterrei. This area is mostly known for dry whites made with Doña Blanca, Treixadura and Godello. Some reds are also produced from Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Galicia View all

  • Savagnin

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Albariño

    History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Rieslin...

  • Godello

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

Subregions of Galicia

  • Rías Baixas

      This region lies along the Atlantic coastline in Galicia, in the northwest part of Spain. ...

  • Valdeorras

    “Valley of Gold” is the literal translation for Valdeorras, located inland in Northwest Spain. ...

  • Monterrei

  • Ribeira Sacra

    Wines made from Mencia grape. The origins of the grape are not clear. While there seems to be a...

  • Ribeiro

Popular Wineries in Galicia View all

  • Adega Valdés

    Adega Valdés is the reflection of the vocation and labour of the Valdés family, which has owned 2...

  • sucesores de benito santos s.l.

    we are one of the oldest wineries in rias baixas. Benito santos fue uno de los founding fatehrs o...

  • Bodegas Terras Gauda

    Both lie in a privileged landscape in the O Rosal valley, close to the mouth of the river Miño in...

  • Pazo Pondal

    A perfect expression of the most character-full and classy, Spanish white wines, it flaunts its y...

  • Adegas Valmiñor

    Adegas Valmiñor is located in the Valley O Rosal within the guarantee of origin. A mild climate ...

  • Pazo San Mauro

    The winery Pazo San Mauro, located in the Denominación de Origen Rias Baixas, was acquired in 200...

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Galicia on Snooth

  • Coca I Fitó Tolo Do Xisto Ribeira Sacra Mencia 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Ramon Bilbao Albarino Rias Baixas 2017

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    Binny's 12/2018. A pleasant surprise. I like Albarino, but this bottle went above the norm. Once again it appears to me to be the occasion that makes a wine go beyond the expected. Dinner with 40 year friends was such an occasion. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Albarino is indeed a very nice white with a peach or perhaps apricot aroma - ... ... From the home province (Galicia) of Francisco Franco (a statue still stands in his hometown, I am told by my former dentist whose family hails from there).  I have not spent much time in this part of Spain but have been thinking of renting a cottage there som... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Gargalo Treixadura & Albarino Monterrei 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Terras Gauda Albariño 2016

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    Rich minerality, sea foam and tart lemon aromas open for this on the nose with a lightly floral white blossom note and a hint of peach. This is zesty and bold on the palate particularly on entry with bright pink grapefruit and lemonade notes, a full acidity and touches of melon with a creamy texture towards the finish that holds on for quite a w... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Paco & Lola Albarino 2016

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    Crisp pear and clover honey on the note. This is fresh, bright and clean. Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit on the palate with a tropical undertones. More fresh squeezed citrus and a dollop of cream on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pazo Senorans Val Do Salnes Albariño Rias Baixas 2015

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    Fresh lemon balm aromas are lightly floral and have some creamy almond and beeswax aromas, a hint of salinity and peach. On the palate this is warm and creamy on entry, turning tart and zesty on the mid-palate showing good citrus fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit zest, bright acidity and a stony finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Altos de Torona Albariño Rias Baixas 2017

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    Soft stone fruit and floral aromas with sweet fruit notes of peach and green apple are delicate and inviting. Nice fruit on the palate, slightly herbal notes of fresh peach and light melon, tart grapefruit and lime showing the varietal character with a zesty acidity and sea breeze towards the finish that cuts cleanly through the more fleshy frui... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nai E Senora Albariño Val Do Salnes Rias Baixas 2017

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    Tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango with floral notes and a hint of passion fruit. Easy and approachable palate of warm apple, peach and pineapple fruit, medium plus acidity and pleasant minerality on the mid palate. This has a creamy texture coming through from the acidity and the fruit flavors, finishing with a waxy, herbal note that ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Señorío de Rubiós Robaliño Albariño 2016

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    Highly floral aromas of blossom and honeysuckle with some sweet fruit notes of peach, pineapple, melon and papaya. A bit of effervescence on the palate with tart citrus and bright acidity, this has a lot of floral flavors coming through on the palate as well, with lime zest, tangerine and grapefruit notes and a finish of stone and earthy riverbed. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Galicia - Northwest Spain is the net for the famous Albariño is one of the oldest wines in the world in it configuration. Alba (Latin) means "white" and riño the river "Rhine". Correct written is Alba- not "Alva-". The Roman Empire brought this wine to Galicia, as the Spanish Peninsula was part of the Roman Empire till 500 a.c.. That means aroun...

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