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D.O. Rías Baixas

Rías Baixas is Spain most North western winegrowing region. It is named after the coastal valleys, “rías”, which stretch up to 30 km inland. Vineyards are almost exclusively planted with the local Albariño grape, which is practically the only found in this area of the world. Albariño from Rías Baixas is probably the most fashionable white wine from the Iberian peninsula at the moment.

Landscape and Terroir:

Rías Baixas is divided into 5 sub zones, of which the most important are the costal Val do Salnés and the slightly warmer Condado do Tea located some 30km inland. This green corner of Spain has a diverse hilly and mountainous landscape with soils of granite and slate.


Rías Baixas is strongly influenced by the Atlantic ocean, which brings cooling winds and wet and humid weather. This is by far the wettest region of Spain with an annual precipitation of 1200-1600mm, mainly falling in winter. The season are well defined with long mild summers where temperature rarely go beyond 35ºC.

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