Vineyards in DO Rías Baixas, Galicia. Juan Manuel Sanz/©ICEX.
The region of Galicia is located in the northwest of Spain, on the shores of the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean. It covers the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. It has a surface area of 29,574.69 square kilometers / 11,419 sq. miles. The capital city is Santiago de Compostela.
The wines made in Galicia are grouped into high-quality Designations of Origin that are recognised for their excellence, specially in white wines: DO Rías Baixas, DO Ribeiro, DO Monterrei, DO Valdeorras and DO Ribeira Sacra.
One of the secrets of Galicia wines is the combination of soil and weather conditions with native grape varieties: Albariño, Treixadura, Loureiro, Torrontés, Doña Blanca and Godello (white grapes) and some red grapes such as Mencía, Sousón and Caíño Tinto.