Occupying the northwestern corner of Spain, Galicia is a unique part of the country that reflects Spain’s diverse history. Settled by Celts around 600 B.C. and Visigoths during the 5th century, Galicia is still home to the Gallego language, a remnant from its past inhabitants. The region’s four provinces comprise Spain’s emerald oasis, where copious amounts of rainfall during winter and spring swell rivers and turn the countryside green.
A major part of the verdant landscape includes vineyards, with the wine regions of Rías Baixas, Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Monterrei offering excellent touring and tasting opportunities. Add Galicia’s outstanding seafood, and the region qualifies as a top destination for adventurous wine-and-food lovers.
Where to Dine
Where to Taste
Albariño is the principal grape of Rías Baixas, yielding floral yet minerally wines that go well with seafood. Martín Códax, perched atop a hill in Cambados, is one of the Rías Baixas region’s more visitor-friendly wineries.
Tour options range from a basic walkthrough and tasting to full-day packages that include boating on an estuary and harvesting your own shellfish. Also in Rías Baixas is Palacio de Fefiñanes, which first bottled Albariño in the 1920s. Housed in a former 17th-century palace near the Cambados waterfront, it offers tastes of the grape in its most refined form.
Albariño is the principal grape of Rías Baixas.
The terraced vineyards of Ribeira Sacra yield sophisticated reds made from Merenzao (a k a Trousseau) and Mencía, and also fine Godello (a white variety). Adega Algueira in Ribeira Sacra is owned by Fernando González. Savor his wines over lunch at the winery’s O Castelo restaurant. In Valdeorras, the easternmost wine region in Galicia, Bodegas Valdesil is a family-owned operation that specializes in old-vine Godello. Walk through vineyards planted in 1885 that are home to vines with trunks the size of trees.