Rías Baixas

Rías Baixas

History and Culture

The Rías Baixas Designation of Origin stretches across the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruña, spanning the intervening territory between the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela and where the River Miño joins the Atlantic Ocean and the frontier with Portugal.

The rounded coasts of the “rías” join the rushing rivers and sheltered valleys to form a singular landscape dominated by vineyards and small villages. Travellers find a legend at every turn, a special landscape, a reason for stopping on the way and enjoying its people, its culture and of course its cuisine, accompanied by a Rías Baixas D.O. wine.

The Rías Baixas Wine Route has hundreds of ideas for wine tourism, including more than 50 wineries to visit, that along with hotels of charm, select restaurants and other leisure facilities, provide a comprehensive tourism offer built around the heritage of wine.

 

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The Wine

Under vines beside the Atlantic Ocean grows a unique grape, Albariño.

The Rías Baixas Designation of Origin is one of the strictest on the international scene. Its wines are made exclusively with grape varieties native to the area, and methods of cultivation must respect traditional customs (expertise in vine training, small terrains, harvesting by hand, etc). Which makes the landscape of this wine-growing area very different from other Spanish territories.

Curiously, care and respect for wine-making traditions goes hand in hand with the most innovative technological advances, turning Rías Baixas into one of the top areas in Spain and causing its wines to be demand all over the world.