On the shores of southern Galicia, the Atlantic ocean meanders inland and the green hills extend their arms towards the sea. It’s Rías Baixas, a coastal area in the province of Pontevedra surrounded by gentle rolling hills and dotted with ports, villages and small towns where life quietly goes by. In between them lies a great treasure —the traditional vineyards in the Denomination of Origin Rías Baixas.
MILD WEATHER AND THE RIGHT HUMIDITY
The most accurate definition of Atlantic climate is found in Rías Baixas. Well distributed rain, mild temperatures all year round and minimal temperature oscillations. Plus relatively dry, luminous summers. These features create a highly suitable setting to grow Albariño, the main local grape variety.
Vines in DO Rías Baixas are planted in shallow soils close to the sea. The siliceous geology found across the western part of the Iberian Peninsula is present here on a shallow layer of granite sands providing the wines with a singular minerality. These are acid soils, a feature that is translated into salinity.
AROMA, ENERGY AND FRESHNESS
The Albariño variety, the great ambassador of Rías Baixas, is an early ripening white grape with small bunches and perfectly adapted to the region. With a marked personality, aromatic depth and flavour, balance and structure, Albariño vines are horizontally trained, a traditional method which is unique in the world and a symbol of Galician winegrowing.