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The Ribeiro wine`s origin goes back to Roman times, but the splendor came at the hands of the Cistercian monks who settled in the monastery of San Clodio (Leiro) and undertook a huge work to replant and study the vineyards.

Ribeiro Designation of Origin is located on the northwestern edge of the province of Ourense, where the valleys formed by the Miño, Avia and Arnoia rivers, meet. It has an area of ??2,800 hectares of vineyards.

The vineyard extends itself from 75 up to 400 meters high in valleys and slopes sometimes on steep slopes, which saved by terraces, following the land contours.

The peculiar climate is favoured by natural barriers and by its southern situation in Galicia, which protects the territory from sub-Atlantic low pressure and provides an ecoclima in-between oceanic and Mediterranean weather. Soils have an average depth between 70 and 100 centimeters and are mainly of granite origin with significant presence of stones and gravel.

More than 85% of the production in Ribeiro is white wine. These wines are clean and clear, with shades ranging from pale to straw with green hues. It contains flower, fruity and balsamic aromas..

Red wines, which account for less than 15% of production, have a smaller projection and it is of domestic consumption. It has bright cherry-red colour and purple, reflections, fruity aromas, and has an intense aromatic taste with a touch of acidity.

Grape varieties

The prevailing white grapes are Treixadura, Palomino, Torrontés, Godello, Macabeo, Albillo, Loureira and Albariño.

The predominant red grapes are Caíño, Grenache, Ferrón, Sousón, Mencia, Tempranillo and Brancellao.

Technical data (2015)
  • Area: 2,646 hectares
  • ·Winegrowers: 5,812
  • Wineries: 107
  • Grape Production: 14,283 tons
  • Qualified wine: 8,427,600 litre
  • Estimated amount: 25.2 million euros