Guide to the vineyards of Rias Baixas | Wine lover
Rias Baixas is located in the Galacia region, in the north-west of Spain, and enjoys a cool coastal climate. The region is best known for producing AlbariÃ±o, a crisp and clean tasting white wine that rivals wines from world famous white wine producing regions including the Loire Valley in France, New Zealand and the Rhine region. in Germany.
Start your exploration of the Rias Baixas with these 15 wineries:
Founded in 2005, Paco y Lola is the result of a commercial initiative from a group of independent O SalnÃ©s winegrowers who wanted to take their production to the highest professional level. These producers have formed a cooperative of over 400 members, the largest in DO RÃas Baixas. Paco y Lola operates nearly 500 hectares of vines spread over more than 1,800 plots, and vinifies in small plots with a strong regional character. Learn more
The Pazo San Mauro winery was acquired in 2003 by the MarquÃ©s de Vargas de la Rioja winery. The owners have invested heavily in the historic restoration and the construction of a new wine cellar, with the most advanced technologies for the production of fine wines. Located in Condado do Tea, the 75-acre estate enjoys exceptional soil, exposure and protection from northerly winds to achieve ideal levels of maturity. The vines are terraced on slopes down to the MiÃ±o River, and mainly consist of AlbariÃ±o, as well as Loureiro, Treixadura and TorrontÃ©s with an average age of 30 years.
The MartÃn family has been producing albariÃ±o in the village of Barrantes (SalnÃ©s) for generations, originally for the consumption of friends, family and a few local restaurants. In 1981, Domingo Martin decided it was time to grow; he built the current winery of Bodegas Castro MartÃn, sourcing from 27.1 hectares of vines. Castro MartÃn wines have a distinctive AlbariÃ±o style, but typically fresh and spicy, characterized by at least 5 to 6 months on lees. Learn more
Condes de Albarei was founded in 1988 by a small group of winemakers from the SalnÃ©s Valley, who joined forces and vineyards to produce and market excellent, high quality AlbariÃ±os. Condes de Albarei was the first Spanish white wine to win a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge in Bordeaux in 1991, and their wines have since achieved the highest recognition. Reference wine from DO RÃas Baixas, Condes de Albarei AlbariÃ±o is the flagship brand of the cellar. Learn more
The historic Santiago Ruiz winery is located in an idyllic and peaceful setting surrounded by several hectares of old vines trained in a traditional style. The winery strives to honor tradition with the latest technological advances, backed by a state-of-the-art winemaking facility completed in 2007. The 94-acre estate is based in the heart of O Rosal and encompasses AlbariÃ±o, Loureiro, Treixadura, CaiÃ±o Blanco and Godello, all native varieties that are included in the final blend. Learn more
Rectoral do Umia is located in the SalnÃ©s Valley of DO RÃas Baixas, where the AlbariÃ±o grape is known for its highest quality and character. The winery was founded in 2009 with extensive knowledge developed over more than 50 years of experience in the wine industry. Rectoral do Umia produces wines of excellent quality with the latest technologies. Learn more
MorgadÃo is the easternmost inland estate of DO RÃas Baixas, located in the Condado do Tea sub-region. A pioneer in AlbariÃ±o trials, MorgadÃo was one of the first wineries to join the RÃas Baixas appellation, with most of its vineyards planted on an experimental basis before the appellation was created. The area of ââthe vineyard has gradually expanded over the years to its current 98.8 acres. MorgadÃo produces 100% bottled albariÃ±o. Learn more
Terra de Asorei is an association of great producers belonging to the DO Rias Baixas who have joined forces to produce 100% AlbariÃ±o wines of superior quality. Located in the SalnÃ©s Valley with more than 172 hectares of vines over 20 years old on average, the estate enjoys a beneficial Atlantic climate with mild temperatures and generous but not excessive rainfall. Terra de Asorei combines the passion of a family business with the professionalism of a larger organization to produce Terra de Asorei, Pazo Torrado and Nai e SeÃ±ora wines. Learn more
Founded in 1985, Bodegas La Val was one of the first wineries in the region to source grapes only from its own vineyards. The vineyards cover more than 148 hectares in the Condado de Tea and O Rosal sub-regions, divided into four estates. The types of soils range from alluvial and granite to slate, allowing the cellar to produce terroir wines with a range of complexity and minerality. Learn more
Founded in 1988, Lagar de Besada was one of the first bonded wineries of DO Rias Baixas. The family is very proud of the selection of the best AlbariÃ±o grapes; their long-standing dedication, combined with attention to detail at every step, and meticulous production techniques such as extended aging on lees, results in wines of authentic character. Learn more
Pazo de SeÃ±orans is a family business on the site of a 16th century Pazo mansion. The winery is entirely focused on the AlbariÃ±o grape variety. Pazo de SeÃ±orans honors the typicity of the AlbariÃ±o grape variety and the aging capacity of their wines to produce the best expression of Rias Baixas vinification. Learn more