“Galicia quality”, they say. A slogan that encompasses many of the qualities for which thousands of tourists visit these lands of seafood, eucalyptus forests and wines year after year. Yes, wines. Because Galicia is a land rich in wine production as renowned as Albariño or Ribeiro.
The importance that wine tastings have been gaining in Galicia has triggered the demand for wine bars . These allow the wine to be kept at the ideal temperature, by means of a thermostat-controlled refrigeration system.
In this article we are going to talk about three of the best known routes through these Celtic lands: the Albariño route, the Ribeiro route and the Ribeira Sacra route. Take note!
The Albariño route
Cambados is the emblem city that you must visit to soak up all the essence of Albariño , the reference wine of the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin.
This wine, which is pale yellow in color, has floral and fruity aromas, and a mild flavor. It is, without a doubt, the star drink that accompanies seafood and fish dishes.
Likewise, the Albariño has managed to earn great prestige at the local and national level. And this is corroborated by a study by the Spanish Association of Wine Cities. This establishes that the Albariño route is today the second favorite destination for wine tourism .
Sanxenxo, O Grove, Cambados or Vilagarcía de Arousa are some of the must-see municipalities if you want to get to know the Albariño in depth.
The Ribeiro route
The Ribeiro is the oldest Wine Denomination of Origin in Galicia, and also one of the first declared in Spain . The Ribeiro route is located in the province of Ourense, northwest of Galicia.
The climate of this area is temperate and humid , a fact that favors the growth of the main native grape varieties: Loureira, Treixadura, Brancellao, Torrontés …
In this sense, the white Ribeiro are fresh, fruity, light and have a high degree of acidity. However, the red Ribeiro have a balanced acidity and stand out for their reddish-purple color.
Some of the municipalities that belong to the Ribeiro route are Arnoia, Carballiño, Cortegada, Ourense, Ribadavia and Leiro .
The Ribeira Sacra route
The Ribeira Sacra is made up of the lands bathed by the Miño and Sil rivers, in inland Galicia . The red varieties are the ones that predominate in the Ribeira Sacra. And precisely this fact completely breaks with the cliché that red wines are not typical of the north.
Apart from the tastings, this area is very interesting for tourists because of its monasteries and the tranquility and beauty of its surroundings .
As has been seen, wine tastings are one of the greatest attractions in Galicia. The routes of the Albariño, the Ribeiro or the Ribeira Sacra grant a unique prestige to the Galician Autonomous Community.
As unique and protected wines under a Denomination of Origin, the use of wine cellars is recommended for optimal preservation .
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