Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas
Paseo da Calzada s/n
36630 Cambados (Pontevedra)
Tel: 986 521 012 / 687 523 230
Fax: 986 090 335
Tradition narrates that the farming of the vine en the Rías Baixas is due to the monks of the Cistercian monastery of Armenteira (Meis), although science reveals that viticulture already existed much before the monks arrived and that the varieties like Albariño are originally from this area. Nowadays the Rías Baixas have the greatest Galician Designation of Origin, not only because of the number of wineries but also because of the extention of the vineyards, which are found along 33 municipalities of the western half of Galicia. As so, the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas is formed by 5 subareas (O Rosal, Condado de Tea, Soutomaior, Val do Salnés and Ribeira de Ulla) that form part of a discontinuous territory that from the south limit of the province of Pontevedra, goes along splashing with vineyards the Atlantic coast of Galicia till it reaches the southern part of the province of A Coruña.
The Designation of Origin Rías Baixas extends along 5 subareas of the Rías Baixas, among them: O Salnés, O Rosal and Ribeira do Ulla. These territories have in common a rich wine heritage that give wines with and excellent quality, but at the same time each one offers different personalities which are reflected in different landscapes and very many art and historical resources. The lordly Salnés concentrates the main extension of vineyards and wineries of the Designation of Origin, and also is one of the most touristic areas of Galicia thanks to the beautiful coastal landscapes and historic complex like the town of Cambados or the Armenteira monastery. O Rosal is dominated by the grand outlet of the Miño River into the Atlantic Ocean forming an idyllic scene that holds all the mystery with the Portuguese frontier and that has as a maximum exponent the prehistoric complex of the mount of Santa Tecla (A Guarda). Meanwhile the area of Ribeira do Ulla, crossed by the Ulla River and the Camino de Santiago, preserves all the peace and beauty that made it a former area of retirement for the upper classes from the Compostela area. Finally the Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas is a complete and different touristc proposal that offers an experience full of shades, for the wine lover and also for those who simply look for a different approach.
The wines of the D.O. Rías Baixas are characterized by being produced with native grapes, mainly white, having as the main character the Albariño variety that monopolizes approximately the 95% of the production. Other preferent varieties are white Loureira, Marqués, white Caiño and Treixadura, for white wines and red Caiño, Espadeiro, red Loureiro and Sousón if talking about red wines. The unique personality of its varieties and wines are the results of the peculiarities of the territory, climate, its people and culture. A land full of shades that you can discover touring the Ruta do Viño Rías Baixas, one of the first Rutas del Vino of Spain.