Verín (Galicia)

Verín (Galicia)

Max. Summer temp. : 37 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: -5 ºC
Average rainfall: 700 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,200 hours annually

Monterrei DO

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
Tel.: +34 988 590 007

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Monterrei PDO

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.
Maximum crop
12,000 kg/ha
70 % red; 65 % white
Production 2013
12,041 hl
Production 2014
11,093 hl
Production 2015
16,937 hl