Wine routes in Galicia
If you are a wine lover, Galicia has a lot to offer. There are five wine regions, Rías Baixas, O Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Monterrei and Valdeorras.
Each of these regions have created a suggested route for visitors to follow for those interested in learning more about the wines from this region. If you need more help in preparing your visit to these wine regions and are interested in having a guide with you, you should also have a look at these Wine Tour packages.
Open day at the winery
On saturday May 26th (2012) more than 60 Galicia wineries will celebrate “Open Day” were wine lovers can stop by and get a tour of these wineries. The participating wineries are located in the regions of Monterrei, O Ribeiro, Rías Baixas, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras. Please consult this pdf document for details of each of these wineries (the document is in Gallego but all wineries listed are participating).
In addition to the wineries opening up their doors this day, the local restaurants also have decided to do something special. Each of them (also listed in the pdf document above) will have a special menu for visitors (including local wines), costing €25. A children’s menu for €10,- for those under 12 years of age will also be available.
In Ribadavia and Monforte there will also be guided tours of the old town.
All should be set for a great saturday, enjoying Galician cuisine!
The date of this fair varies, although it is normally held in early May, on a site boasting the stately homes of the nobility and churches with charming towers as well as the more humble dwellings of the winemakers. Ribadavia is imbued with the very essence of the local “ribeiros”, and particularly those that lived on the banks of the Avia, the river that flows between the terraced vineyards or “socalcos” where the grapes of the Pazos de Arenteiro, Leiro and Beade ripen, on its way to join the Miño in Ribadavia. The city grew up around the Sarmiento family castle, and boasts a Jewish quarter complete with ancient wine cellars, a cool freshness and something of a pagan sanctuary and authentic local associations. Continue reading »
Valdeorras is the most Eastern region of the province of Ourense, limiting with León. The wealth in natural resources and the lands fertility made Valdeorras a reception area of many peoples along history. There are abundant remains from the megalithic era in the Natural Park of the “Serra da Enciña da Lastra”, besides the rock strokes and the petroglyphs of Valdegodos, Petín and San Esteban de A Rúa Vella. The arrival of the Romans substantially changed the valley, because they moved population centers to the plains and built one of the most important roads of the Iberian Peninsula, the “Vía XVIII” or “Vía Nova” [later used as Camino Real or Camino de Invierno (Winter Way) on the Saint James Way].
Bridges like those of the Bibei River, tombstones like that of A Rúa Vella, A Cigarrosa’s mosaics and milestones, form part of the Roman imperial legacy; although its most singular piece of work is the tunnel at Montefurado, excavated in order to divert the river’s course to extract the gold it dragged and today it is a place with a great touristic attraction and can be seen from a few meters above from the N-120 road. Subsequently, in the XVII century the spectacular Sanctuary of As Ermitas stands out surrounded by ancient terraced vineyards, that nowadays have become one of the most important places of cult in this area. The region is composed by nine municipalities: A Rúa, O Barco, Rubiá, Petin, O Bolo, Carballeda, Larouco, Vilamartín and A Veiga. Almost all of them have wine farms that give this territory a unique singularity. Continue reading »