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.
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.
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