Galicia | Ribeira Sacra

Ribeira-Sacra-wine-regionSampling the wines of Spain turns out to be as delectable as sampling tapas. Though produced in many different appellations, Spanish wines in general tend to be full-bodied and quite powerful. This is due to the hot, dry climate, though of course the winemaker’s hand determines the product’s ultimate appeal. Incidentally, Spain’s whites – the sparkling Cavas as well as still wines – have enjoyed rising popularity in recent years.

Popular with pilgrims

Ribeira Sacra is aptly named, given its proximity to the famous pilgrimage site Santiago de Compostela and many monasteries. Perfect for wine pilgrims!

Rising star

Has been producing quality wines, primarily reds, since the early 1990s. Acquired official appellation status in 1996.

Like Burgundy

That’s what connoisseurs say about reds made mainly from the Mencía grape. Cool, damp climate creates fairly pronounced acidity, resulting in forthright, elegant wines.

Good Godello

One of Spain’s best white grapes. Wines are oaky or crisp, depending on the winemaking process. They can be drunk young but also age well.

Rare opportunity

Few Ribeira Sacra wines are exported because most wineries are very small, so try these wines while you can.


As in Portugal’s Douro region, the vineyards in Ribeira Sacra are spectacularly steep and extremely difficult to work.

Author: TMW

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