Vinodiversity in North West Spain

These notes and stories come from planning and enjoying a trip to north western Spain in 2013. You can add your own story or leave a suggestion for others.


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The environment in the northwest of Spain is different to most of preconceptions of Spanish landscapes. It is much cooler and wetter and the viticulture presents different opportunities for the production of distinctive wines.

Wine Regions in North Western Spain

The major wine zones in the Galicia Region are
  • Rias Baixas on the coast just above Portugal famous for its delicate aromatic white wines made from the Albarino grape variety.
  • Ribiero, Monterrai, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Bierzo are further inland in Galicia
  • Bierzo is actually in the region of Castilla y Leon but it shares the climate and viticultural terroir of its Galician neighbours. The Mencia variety produces wonderful red wine varieties in this region.

Further to the east the Basque country has several zones producing Txacoli (aka Chacoli), a low alcohol, high acid slightly sparkling white wine style.

You can learn more about Spanish wine regions with De Long's Wine Map of Iberian Peninsula

Get Started on Planning Your Trip to Spain

Need some inspiration?

see this gallery of pictures from Galicia

Vinodiversity has partnered with a travel information service which puts you in touch with tour operators in Spain. There are guided and self-guided tours for walking cycling or travel by boat or coach. Several of these offers have wine and food themes.

Have a browse through the offerings, you can get a free brochure.

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Below are some stories about Spanish wine, food and travel below. You can comment on them, or you may wish to add your own story.

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