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Valdeorras winemaking tradition dates back to Roman times. Valdeorras Designation of origin was granted in 1945 to work towards the recovery of native varieties such as Godello and Mencia.

The areas where this wine is produced covers most of the basin of the Sil, Xares and Bibei rivers in the region of Valdeorras (Ourense), in the eastern part of Galicia. The climate is drier than in the rest of Galicia as it combines the Atlantic influence with continental traits. Soils vary from slate to granite, including those settled down on sediments and terraces. 

The flagship wine is white Godello,  with a fine fruity aroma, a golden or strawish yellow colour, and a good structure in the mouth, with an average alcohol content of 12,5º. Among red wines, wines made with Mencía stand out. They are intense purple, have an elegant fruity flavour, are light and tasty, with good balance acidity-alcohol, appetizing and with an intense and prolonged aftertaste. 

Grape varieties

The preferred white grapes are Godello, Loureira, Treixadura, Dona Branca, Albariño, Torrontés and Lado. Palomino is among those authorized varieties.

The preferred red grapes are Mencía, Tempranillo, Brancellao, Merenzao, Sousón, Caíño, Espadeiro and Ferrón.  Varieties such as Grenache, gran negro and Mouratón are also authorised.

Technical data (2015)
  • Area: 1,171 hectares
  • Winegrowers: 1,460
  • Wineries: 44
  • Grape Production: 6,554 tons
  • Qualified wine: 4,061,400 litres
  • Estimated amount: 23.7 million euros