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Rías Baixas

Even though Rias Baixas Protected Designation of Origin is less than 30 years old, it is the one with the largest surface area among those recorded in Galicia, as it includes the areas of the mouth of the River Miño and the Rias Baixas Region. It consists of five perfectly individualized geographical sub-areas:

  • Val do Salnés
  • Condado do Tea
  • O Rosal
  • Soutomaior
  • Ribeira do Ulla

Within this Protected Designation of Origin white wines based on the Albariño variety are the most produced. Due to its climate, close to the limit of growing grapes, the Rías Baixas PDO  (Protected designation of origin) is built into the vast Atlantic region

Single-variety Albariño wines are characterized by a bright straw-yellow colour, with shimmering golden and green iridescences.  They have fine and distinguished flower and fruited aromas in the nose, with medium intensity and medium-long term which pleasantly impresses. In the mouth they are fresh and mild, with sufficient body and alcohol strength, a balanced acidity, harmonious and with large shades. Its aftertaste is pleasant, elegant and complete.

Rosal and Condado wines have its own identity as they are made out of Loureira and Treixadura grapes varieties, respectively, in their composition.  They are wines of intense aromas, with slight acidity, and are full, pleasant and attractive in the mouth.

Grape varieties

The most common white grapes are Albariño, Loureira, Treixadura and white Caíño.  Torrontés and Godello are authorized varieties.

The main red grapes are red Caíño, Espadeiro, Loureiro and Sousón.  Mencia and Brancellao are among those authorised.

Technical data (2014)
  • Area: 4,083 hectares
  • Winegrowers: 5,756
  • Wineries: 183
  • Grape production: 31,917 tons
  • Qualified wine: 20.344.167 litre
  • Estimated amount: 101.7 million euros

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