Monterrei DO

Monterrei DO Wine Area Map
Monterrei DO Temperature, Rainfall and Sunshine

Monterrei DO takes its name from Monterrey, meaning the king's mountain in Castilian. Monterrei is the Galician spelling. The hilltop fortress still overlooks the vineyards, which run south and north of the road where it runs from Madrid to Galicia, close to the Portuguese border.

The area was awarded DO status late, in 1996, although it had won provisional DO status in the 1970s. 

There is a slow comeback of native grapes and winemaking styles similar to these elsewhere in Galicia - fresh, fruity whites and young Mencía reds. New investment is coming into the region's small family and cooperative bodegas. Much of the wine is still sold in bulk and work with native varieties is in early stages, but pioneering bodegas are showing the potential of the vineyards. 

The DO is supporting this by awarding the Monterrei Superior label to wines made with 85% of any native variety.
 

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Monterrei
Avd. Luis Espada, 73 bajo
32600 Verín
Ourense
Tel.: +34 988 590 007
info@domonterrei.com
www.domonterrei.com

 

Sources

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Monterrei PDO

 

Pioneering bodegas are showing the potential of the vineyards working with native varieties.

Monterrei DO Consejo Regulador De La Denominacion De Origen
Monterrei DO Vineyards and Production
Vineyards
Area under vine

491 ha.

Altitude of vineyards

400-500 m.

Soil types

Granite, slate and clay.

Principal grapes (w)

Doña Blanca, Godello and Treixadura.

Principal grapes (r)

Mencía and Bastardo.

Production
Maximum crop

12,000 kg/ha

Yield

70 % red; 65 % white

Production 2013

12,041 hl

Production 2014

11,093 hl

Production 2015

16,937 hl