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Spanish wine - Wines and wine brands of Spain

The most famous Spanish wine is without doubt Rioja, but that does not mean that the delicious Rioja Brand Wines are all that the sunny Spanish wine yards has to offer.

Right now the very most prestigious Spanish wines are not the already world famous Rioja wines: The Spanish wine district Rivera del Duero is now offering some of the very, very best red wines in the world.

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WINES OF GALICIA - Galician wines

 

Wine growing has a 2000-year-old tradition in Galicia. All possible types of Wine can be found in Galicia, growing mainly in the valleys, following the river courses and making the landscape tremendously attractive. The harvest the grape in Galicia begins normally in the month of August and goes on until October. The wines from Galicia are usually young and the alcohol content is between 11 and 13 degrees. The Galician whites are among the most prized Spanish wines worldwide, and are of extraordinary quality.



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THE WINES AND THE WINE REGIONS IN GALICIA SPAIN

RÍAS BAIXAS

The area of wine production in Las Rias Baixas spreads over the western part of the province of Pontevedra and consists of four sub-regions: Val do Salnés, Condado de Tea, O Rosal and Soutomaior. The most prestigious variety of Galician Wine, and the fundamental one, is Albariño, although there are other local varieties of excellent quality, such as Treixadura, Loureira, Caíño and Espadeiro. Mostly white wines are made, and most of these are Albariño (100% monovarieties). They exhibit a rich mosaic of qualities: straw yellow in colour with gold and green iridescence, intense floral and fruity bouquet, average alcohol content at 12 degrees, balanced acidity and a youth which, in this case, is a virtue. On the first Sunday in August, the Fiesta del Vino Albarino is held in Cambados (Pontevedra), one of the most-visited festivals in Galicia that is declared of National Tourist Interest.


 VALDEORRAS

The production zone of this wine lies over most of the basin of the Rivers Sil and Xares, around the towns of O Barco, A Rúa, Vilamartín, O Bolo, Carballeda de Valdeorras, Larouco, Petín and Rubiá, located in the east of the province of Ourense. The most characteristic variety of Wine among the whites is the

Godello, whose grape provides white wines with a fine fruity aroma, yellow colour, gold and straw, fine flavour in the mouth, with an average alcohol content of 12.5 degrees. The red wines produced from the grape variety Mencía have an intense purple colour and an elegant fruity bouquet, light and with a fine balance acidity/alcohol. The monovariety wines, both the white Godello and the red Mencia, are surprising for their excellent quality, full of nuances, and are among the great wines of the moment.

 

O RIBEIRO

O Ribeiro wines grow over a surface area of approximately 3,000 hectares, situated on hillsides that run down to the Rivers Miño, Avia and Arnoia, in the west of the province of Ourense. O Ribeiro wines are young, moderately acid, light and delicate, with exquisite combinations of floral and fruity aromas which are almost always surprising. When it is made with autochthonous varieties (Treixadura, Torrontés, Loureira, Albariño, Caíño, Brancellao, Sousón...) it acquires a peculiar personality that makes it incomparable. In the Ourense district of Ribadavia, the Exhibition-Fair of the Exaltation of O Ribeiro Wine has been held for a quarter of a century. The wine festival attracts thousands of people every year and is declared to be of National Tourist Interest.

 

RIBEIRA SACRA

The production of the Ribeira Sacra wine runs along the banks of the Rivers Miño and Sil, and area of remarkable landscapes, with sharp contours that area ideal for Wine growing, and also lands full of history and Romanesque buildings. Five sub regions are differentiated: Chantada, Quiroga, Ribeiras do Miño, Amandi and

Ribeira do Sil-Ourense. The fundamental grape varieties are the splendid Mencía and the delicate Albariño and Godello. Excellent quality aromatic wines are produced, mostly red wines.

 

MONTERREI

The area of production for these wines lies in the Valley of Monterrei covering territory of the towns of Verín, Monterrei, Oímbra and Castrelo do Val, all in the south-east of the province of Ourense, on the Portuguese border. The Wineyards are spread over the hillsides and valleys, irrigated by the River Tamega and its tributaries. They occupy a surface area of 3,000 hectares, and the predominant variety is white from the Verdello, Dona Brance and verdello Louro Wines; and, among the reds, Bastardo, Tinta Fina, Mencía and Arauxa. The whites of O

Val de Monterrei are light, aromatic, golden or straw yellow in colour and with an average alcohol content of approximately 11 degrees. The red wines are purple in colour, pleasant fruity bouquet, light, well-balanced acidity/alcohol and one degree less than the whites.

 

 

 


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