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.