Ribeira Sacra

The shelter of the rivers provides a microclimate to the Ribeira Sacra, which, with the southern orientation of the steep slopes, favors the correct ripening that the grapes need to make wines that in Roman times were described as liquid gold from the Sil.

Galician wines

Ribeira Sacra

Ribeira Sacra

The Ribeira Sacra maintains all the essence of Galician wines, since all the native Galician varieties are grown there. The Ribeira Sacra is mainly oriented to the production of reds, although very interesting whites are also made. The Mencia variety is the most cultivated, giving rise to young, high-quality, fruity and highly aromatic wines.

Ribeira Sacra

The D. O. Ribeira Sacra was created in 1996. This region is a wine production area that includes an area of 2,500 hectares of vineyards. This extension represents 5.2% of the land dedicated to the vine in Galician territory, encompassing parishes and 20 municipalities located along the banks of the Miño and Sil, in the north of Ourense and the south of the province of Lugo. It is grouped into five different subzones: Amandi, Chantada, Quiroga-Bibei, Ribeiras do Miño and Ribeiras do Sil.

Varieties of native grapes


One of the differentiating characteristics of the ribeira sacra is that only local varieties are cultivated on its banks. There is nothing artificial here but yes a lot of essence in some strains perfectly adapted to the particular orography and climatology of the area. attentive and aware of this differentiation, the regulatory council protects the wines made, exclusively with grapes of the following varieties:

White varieties

  • Godello: Also known as Verdello, it is the most extended White variety. Its main characteristic is a small compact bunch with soon ripening. Elegant wines, fruity, glyceryl and full-bodied.
  • Treixadura: Also known as Verdello Louro, it is the second most extended white variety, medium size bunch and fat skin make it ripen later. Very aromatic, floral scent, balanced and elegant wines.
  • Dona Blanca: Known in other zones as Moza Fresca, has a medium size loose bunch which makes it a soon ripening variety. Aromatic and fresh wines, is always added to other varieties.
  • Albariño: Vary scarce variety in the zone. Its loose bunch makes it ripen late and is a compliment for other varieties.
  • Loureira: It represents a very low percent of the white varieties grown in the zone, bay scent and high acidity; it is used with other varieties. Stretched bunch and fat skin makes it ripen later.
  • Blanca de Monterrei: Scarce variety in the zone. Medium size and loose bunch makes it ripen soon. Enhanced taste and bitter.
  • Caíño Blanco: Vary scarce variety in the zone. Its loose bunch makes it ripen late and is a compliment for other varieties.

Red Varieties

  • Mencía: It´s the most extended red variety of the zone. Medium and compact bunch. Late ripening. Its wines are red cherry coloured, markedly forest fruit character and a lingering and elegant aftertaste. Well grown offers great quality wines and with personality.
  • Merenzao: Also known in the zone like Bastardo, not very extended variety. Small and compact bunch and soon ripening, gives maturity and personality to the wines.
  • Araúxa: It´s the second most extended red variety. Big and loose bunch. Wines are an intense purple colour, fruity and floral scents, good acidity and full-bodied.
  • Caíño Tinto: scarcely extended in the zone, but not less important than other. Fruit scent and high acidity makes this variety ideal for Vintage, always complementing with others.
  • Sousón: Very scarce in the zone. When ripe gives a lot of colour, strong aroma and significant bodied. This variety is ideal for Vintage wines.

Featured wines

White varieties

  • Godello: Also known as Verdello, it is the most extended White variety. Its main characteristic is a small compact bunch with soon ripening. Elegant wines, fruity, glyceryl and full-bodied.
  • Treixadura: Also known as Verdello Louro, it is the second most extended white variety, medium size bunch and fat skin make it ripen later. Very aromatic, floral scent, balanced and elegant wines.
  • Albariño: Vary scarce variety in the zone. Its loose bunch makes it ripen late and is a compliment for other varieties.
  • Loureira: It represents a very low percent of the white varieties grown in the zone, bay scent and high acidity; it is used with other varieties. Stretched bunch and fat skin makes it ripen later.
  • Dona Branca: It produces wines with moderately intense aromas, a good palate and prolonged aftertaste.
  • Torrontés: The wines it produces are very aromatic and peculiar, with predominantly fruity and floral scents and hints of hay.
Ribeira Sacra

Red Varieties

  • Mencía: It´s the most extended red variety of the zone. Medium and compact bunch. Late ripening. Its wines are red cherry coloured, markedly forest fruit character and a lingering and elegant aftertaste. Well grown offers great quality wines and with personality.
  • Tempranillo: The tempranillo grape produces a must with a balanced content of sugar, color and acidity, although it is sometimes short on the latter. It has a straightforward palate, which is interesting in a young wine. It becomes velvety as it age.
  • Brancellao: It is characterized by its good aromatic expression and glyceric contribution. Agronomically, it is a variety of medium production, semi-upright and horizontal growth, which is easy to reach maturity.
  • Caíño Tinto: Scarcely extended in the zone, but not less important than other. Fruit scent and high acidity makes this variety ideal for Vintage, always complementing with others.
  • Merenzao: The wines made from this variety have a good concentration of tannin which affords them excellent aging potential. They are dense, with aromas reminiscent of wild berries, herbs and hints of minerals. Acidity and alcohol content are well-matched, exuding many different aromas.
  • Sousón: Very scarce in the zone. When ripe gives a lot of colour, strong aroma and significant bodied. This variety is ideal for Vintage wines.

Mencía is, without a doubt, the most widely cultivated variety in the Ribeira Sacra region, producing top quality young wines that are highly aromatic. Mencía wines are intense cherry-red in color, brilliant and purple at the rim. On the nose a pleasant sensation is the first impression, with a moderately strong fruity aroma of a medium to long duration. Smooth in the mouth, they cause a pleasant sensation.

With their well-balanced acidity, these wines are high in alcohol content and correct in tannins. The result is a savoury, oftentimes meaty wine, and even slightly astringent. An elegant and fruity finish with a moderately intense aftertaste of ripe red fruits and prolonged persistence.

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