Rias Baixas

It is a wine zone located in Galicia, west of Spain. It was recognized in 1988, although its tradition as wine region dates back to S. XII, when the Albariño grape was introduced according to some sources, by Cistercian monks (from the Rhine) Armenteira Monastery and, according to others, through Portugal, in English ships from Greece. In its 3,...

It is a wine zone located in Galicia, west of Spain. It was recognized in 1988, although its tradition as wine region dates back to S. XII, when the Albariño grape was introduced according to some sources, by Cistercian monks (from the Rhine) Armenteira Monastery and, according to others, through Portugal, in English ships from Greece. In its 3,688 acres enrolled, with 180 wineries, wines produced in five divisions: Val do Salnes, Condado do Tea, El Rosal, Sotomayor and Ribera del Ulla. Cultivate their vineyards in the lowlands, less than 300 m, near the sea and along rivers, under the influence of an Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures and high and well distributed rainfall throughout the year. The main grape variety grown is Albariño, whose vines are planted on granite pergolas arbors calls in order to protect from moisture and provide greater surface of the plant to the sun. Another of the white grape varieties grown are: white Loureira, Treixadura, white Caiño preferred varieties, and authorized Torrontés and Godello. And ink: red Caiño, Espadeiro, Loureira, Sousón, being also authorized Mencia, Brancellao and Pedral His adegas (wineries in Galician) produce white wines, no aging and low alcohol, of the following types: Rías Baixas Albariño: varietal made from 100% Albariño. Rias Baixas County Tea: with 70% of the varieties Albariño and Treixadura, along with other varieties of subarea do Tea County. Rosal Rias Baixas: with 70% of Albariño and Loureira, along with other varieties produced in the subzone of O Rosal. Val Rias Baixas and Ribeira do Ulla Salnes: made with 70% or more of Albariño, along with other varieties produced in the Val do Salnes subzone and Ribeira do Ulla. Rias Baixas from white varieties produced in any of the subareas, using at least 70% of preferred grape varieties. Can be aged in oak containers, for 3 months at least. Rias Baixas Tinto: from red varieties recognized. And since 2012, Rias Baixas Sparkling: with varieties recognized as analytical limits of Regulation Regulatory Council and national and EU regulations concerning quality sparkling wines.

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