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In the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula lies Galicia - the green Spain that gives Galician wine its unmistakable identity. The self-governing community of Galicia is divided into four provinces: A Coruña is the most north-western region of Spain, the province of Lugo lies in the north-east of Galicia, while the two southern provinces of Pontevedra and Ourense border on Portugal, among others. The white and red wines are world famous for their temperament. Wine from Galicia is characterised by the wild Atlantic Ocean, monumental mountain ranges and deeply rooted forests.

Over cane and over wine - the Camino de Santiago leads to Galicia

Santiago de Compostela is the capital of Galicia and a place of pilgrimage. It is extremely popular in Germany, especially through Hape Kerkeling's travelogue of the Way of St. James. Many European pilgrim paths head for the heart of Galicia. Here the cosy restaurants of the magnificent old town offer their Galician wine. A glass of the fragrant Albariño from the Rias Baixas DO is a great way to relax. A red Mencía is also a perfect way to get a first impression of Galician wine. The last place travellers pass through on their way to the (presumed) tomb of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela is the village of Arzúa. It is made up of cosy little villages.

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Pazo das Bruxas Albarino DO 2021 - Miguel Torres
Pazo das Bruxas Albarino DO 2021 - Miguel Torres
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70011-ES-WW-AB-543-16
Pazo De Seoane Rosal DO 2020 - Lagar de Cervera
Pazo De Seoane Rosal DO 2020 - Lagar de Cervera
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70336-ES-WW-BL-003-18
Albariño 2021 - Bodegas Fillaboa
Albariño 2021 - Bodegas Fillaboa
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70017-ES-WW-AB-001-18
Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2020 - Bodegas Altos de Torona
Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2020 - Bodegas Altos de Torona
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES)
70339-ES-WW-BL-0001-20
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Danza Escumoso de Albariño Brut - Adegas Galegas
Danza Escumoso de Albariño Brut - Adegas Galegas
Sparkling Wine Spumante brut - bruto Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70009-ES-SW-AB-0088-NV
La Marimorena DOP 2021 - Casa Rojo
La Marimorena DOP 2021 - Casa Rojo
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70342-ES-WW-AB-0049-19
Albarino Rias Baixas DO 2020 - Lagar de Cervera
Albarino Rias Baixas DO 2020 - Lagar de Cervera
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70336-ES-WW-AB-002-18
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Pazo Barrantes Albarino DO 2019 - Marques de Murrieta
Pazo Barrantes Albarino DO 2019 - Marques de Murrieta
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70336-ES-WW-AB-001-11
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Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2020 - Ramon Bilbao
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70007-ES-WW-AB-001-15
Pazo Viladomar 2020 - Adega Valdés
Pazo Viladomar 2020 - Adega Valdés
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70017-ES-WW-TX-001-18
As Sortes 2018 - Rafael Palacios
As Sortes 2018 - Rafael Palacios
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Valdeorras DO (ES)
70017-ES-WW-GO-001-17
Seleccion Finca Monte Alto 2017 - Bodegas Fillaboa
Seleccion Finca Monte Alto 2017 - Bodegas Fillaboa
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70017-ES-WW-AB-002-17
Albariño Atlantik 2021 - Bodegas Fillaboa
Albariño Atlantik 2021 - Bodegas Fillaboa
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70017-ES-WW-AB-003-18
Siete Pecados Godello D.O. Monterrei 2021 - Pazo do Mar
Siete Pecados Godello D.O. Monterrei 2021 - Pazo do Mar
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Navarra DO (ES) Monterrei DO (ES)
70697-ES-WW-GO-001-19
Santiago Ruiz o Rosal Rias Baixas 2021 - Bodegas LAN
Santiago Ruiz o Rosal Rias Baixas 2021 - Bodegas LAN
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70697-ES-WW-BL-007-19
Señorio de Osuna Rías Baixas DOCa 2021 - Familia Chavarri
Señorio de Osuna Rías Baixas DOCa 2021 - Familia Chavarri
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES)
70121-ES-WW-AB-001-17
Altos de Losada Bierzo DO 2019 - Finca Losada
Altos de Losada Bierzo DO 2019 - Finca Losada
Red wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Bierzo DO (ES)
70017-ES-RW-MN-0045-18
Louro do Bolo Valdeorras DO 2020 - Rafael Palacios
Louro do Bolo Valdeorras DO 2020 - Rafael Palacios
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Valdeorras DO (ES)
70017-ES-WW-BL-0067-20
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D. Pedro d' Soutomaior Albariño 2021 - Adegas Galegas
D. Pedro d' Soutomaior Albariño 2021 - Adegas Galegas
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70009-ES-WW-AB-0089-21
La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes Rías Baixas DO 2017 - Marques de Murrieta
La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes Rías Baixas DO 2017 - Marques de Murrieta
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES)
70011-ES-WW-AB-1647-17
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NO12 Albarino Rias Baixias - Weingut Paco & Lola NO12 Albarino Rias Baixias - Weingut Paco & Lola
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70697-ES-WW-AV-001-20
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Pulpo Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2021 - Pagos del Rey
Pulpo Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2021 - Pagos del Rey
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
74602-ES-WW-AB-0040-21
Alba Martin Albarino Rias Baixas - Martín Códax Alba Martin Albarino Rias Baixas - Martín Códax
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70697-ES-WW-AV-001-19
Lusco Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2021 - Pazos de Lusco
Lusco Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2021 - Pazos de Lusco
White wine dry Spain Galicia (ES) Rías Baixas DO (ES)
70011-ES-WW-AB-0090-21

Galician cuisine: a feast for palates and gourmets

Galician cuisine is simple yet offers a delicious meal and full-bodied wine for all gourmets. Characteristic is the distinct maritime touch of the dishes and the sparkling white wines, which harmonise perfectly with the sumptuous fish dishes. The Atlantic Ocean supplies Galicia with fish, prawns, octopus, crabs and a rich variety of shellfish. These are often prepared with tasty vegetables and served with a sparkling white ribeiro or albariño. Other typical dishes from Galicia include polbo á feira, which is boiled octopus refined with salt, paprika and oil. Pimientos de Padrón are also known in this country as fried green peppers. The dessert Tarta de Santiago is a sweet, perfectly baked almond tart, which comes from the capital of the Galician community. The locals spice their dishes sparingly, thus emphasising the pure peculiarities of the maritime and sun-drenched cuisine.

Galicia - the green Spain

La España verde - the green Spain in the northwest. The climatic conditions make Galicia green all year round. Especially in autumn and winter a very mild and humid climate can be observed in the wine-growing region of Galicia. The following applies to the whole of Spain: no other region has more rainfall than Galicia. With its hilly landscape and moderate, pleasant hours of sunshine in summer, it offers ideal conditions for the development of the vigorous vines. Green Spain is framed by the blue Atlantic Ocean in the west and the rugged Cantabrian Mountains in the east. Some fine sandy coastlines are interspersed with beautiful bays and the nutrient-rich estuaries extend far into the Galician mainland. The self-governing community has magnificent forest areas, which account for almost a third of the total forest cover of the Spanish nation. Even eucalyptus grows here.

The wine-growing areas of Galicia

Galicia has several famous wine regions, all of which are located to the south. Five of them are entitled to bear the coveted "D.O." designation. This stands for Denominación de Origen and is a designation of origin that also guarantees the highest quality standards. The most famous wine-growing areas in Galicia, which are also allowed to bear the D.O. mark of quality, are called

  • Valdeorras
  • Ribeiro
  • Ribeira Sacra
  • Rías Baixas
  • Monterrey

Selected quality criteria for wine from Galicia

Wine from Galicia has several quality requirements. In order for a Galician wine to be qualitatively labelled as D.O., the following criteria, among others, must be met in the explicit regulations:

● Yield per hectare

● Pruning

● Grape variety

● Production

● Sugar

● Alcohol content

The terroir of the Galician Rías Baixas wine region

Rías are the fjords that extend far inland in the autonomous community of Galicia. Rías Baixas are the lower fjords, if the melodious proper name of the wine-growing region is translated literally. Due to the Atlantic Ocean and the hilly area, sun and rain alternate, and occasionally fog alternates lively along the slopes. These are excellent conditions for white grapes. Granite and slate are mostly found in the soil. Loam, sand and gravel fill them with important minerals.

Galicia and the Costa da Morte were the end of the world

Costa da Morte means "coast of death". Before America was discovered, the popular Cape Finisterre in the west of the Galician province of A Coruña was considered the end of the world. The ominous name of the coastal stretch is indeed justified. For the Costa da Morte is an opaque and demanding coastline, characterised by cliffs full of rocks and many small islands, where shipping accidents still happen today. The view from the cliffs is nevertheless picturesque: warm sunsets form the backdrop for a rocky coast interspersed with cracks and deep crevices, while the wind stirs up the nearby grain fields.

Interesting facts about Galicia wine

Which white grape varieties are common in Galicia?

In the well-known D.O. wine-growing areas there are numerous white grape varieties, which make up the majority of the wines produced in the whole of Galicia. White grape varieties that are vinified include Treixadura, Palomino, Godello, Albariño, Doña Blanca, Torrontés, Loureiro Blanco (Marques) and Macabeo.

Where do the red Galician grape varieties come from?

Even if the beautiful wine-growing region of Galicia mainly produces white grape varieties, the charismatic red grape varieties are a treat in themselves. From the Ribeiro wine-growing region, near the Portuguese north, come Tempranillo, Brancellao or Mencía. The latter red grape variety is very characteristic of the Ribeira Sacra wine region. More than 85% of all red varieties are Mencía and sometimes ripen to their full flavour on terraces in south-western cultivation. The Valdeorras wine region is located in the province of Ourense. The valley also produces a large part of Mencía, but also Cabernet Sauvignon, Merenzao and Gran Negro.

Why is the white grape variety Godello from Galicia so famous?

The autochthonous grape variety Godello is still on everyone's lips today because it was almost completely destroyed by phylloxera in the 1970s. There were not a thousand vines left with this elegant white grape. In the Valdeorras wine region, however, the remaining vines were successfully saved, propagated and made known worldwide. Godello is reminiscent of apricots and fresh green apples, which gives it a particularly fruity acidity. The white grape variety is in principle rare, which in turn encourages shrewd Galician winemakers to vinify it for its exclusivity and fame.

Buy Galician wines online at VINELLO

Our online wine shop offers a wide range of Galician wines. On VINELLO.com you will find dry, tangy white wines like As Sortes 2018 from the Rafael Galacios winery. Black and red berries make the dry Avanthia Mencía 2009 particularly fruity for the palate. Our service and our shop are very customer-friendly: Convenient payment, fast and secure shipping almost worldwide.

Do you have any questions or requests? Feel free to contact us! You can reach us by e-mail at wine@vinello.eu, our telephone number is 0351 - 469 256 55. You can find us on Facebook and Instagram @vinello_wine. Enjoy with us!

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