Ribeira Sacra DO

Ribeira Sacra DO Wine Area Map
Ribeira Sacra DO Temperature, Rainfall and Sunshine

The Ribeira Sacra is one of Spain's most spectacularly beautiful vineyard areas. Its vines are planted in the steep valleys and precipitous gorges of the Rivers Miño and Sil as they wind through Galicia's lush green countryside.

Spiced wines from Amandi, one of the DO's subzones, are legendarily said to have been shipped to classical Rome along with the lamprey from the River Miño to be served at emperors' tables. 

Today a new wave of investment in stainless-steel equipment and of controlled experiments in the bodega is producing excellent varietal whites as well as the big, aromatic reds for which the area was originally famed. However, even after consolidation, winemaking here remains extraordinarily artesanal, a reflection of the tiny landholding scale and farmhouse bodegas as well as traditional, virtually organic growing methods.

Since yields are low, these wines are searched-after and not easy to find on the export market.
 

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Ribeira Sacra
Rúa Comercio 6 - 8
27400 Monforte de Lemos
Lugo
Tel.: +34 982 410 968
info@ribeirasacra.org
www.ribeirasacra.org

Sources

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Ribeira Sacra PDO

 

It is producing excellent varietal whites as well as the big, aromatic reds for which the area was originally famed.

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

1,258 ha.

Altitude of vineyards

400-500 m.

Soil types

Granite, slate, limestone.

Principal grapes (w)

Albariño, Doña Blanca, Godello, Loureira, Torrontés and Treixadura.

Principal grapes (r)

Mencía, Brancellao, Merenzao, Caiño, Sousón and Tempranillo.

Production
Maximum crop

White: 12,000 kg/ha; Red: 9,500 kg/ha

Yield

67 %

Production 2013

31,212 hl

Production 2014

32,542 hl

Production 2015

35,726 hl