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C.R.D.O. "Rías Baixas"

The area of the Rias Baixas Designation of Origin includes areas where quality wines have been produced since time immemorial, in the province of Pontevedra at its borders with the province of A Coruña. This area is distributed in five well-defined sub-zones: Val do Salnés, Condado do Tea, O Rosal, Soutomaior and Ribeira do Ulla, where mainly white wines based on the Albariño variety are produced.

Due to its climate, close to the limit where vines may be cultivated, the Rías Baixas D.O. is fully integrated within the large Atlantic region, producing wines that are classified by specialized literature as ‘Atlantic’ wines.

Single variety Albariño wines have a pale yellow, brilliant colour, with hints of gold and green. In the nose they have fine, distinguished floral and fruity aromas, which cause an agreeable impression with medium intensity and medium to medium-long duration. On the palate they are fresh and smooth, with sufficient body and degree of alcohol, balanced acidity, harmonious and with a wide range of tones.

Their aftertaste is pleasant, elegant and complete.

The Rosal and Condado wines have personalities set off by using Loureira and Treixadura varieties of grape, respectively.

They are wines with intense colours and slight acidity, and on the palate are full, pleasant and attractive.

Grape varieties and types of wine

  • Recomended Whites: Albariño, Loureira branca or Marqués, Treixadura and white Caíño.
  • Authorized Whites: Torrontés and Godello
  • Recomended Reds: Red Caíño, Espadeiro, red Loureira and Sousón
  • Authorized Reds: Mencía and Brancellao
  • Protected types of wines
  • Rías Baixas Albariño: single variety wine made using 100% Albariño variety grapes.
  • Rías Baixas Condado do Tea: made using at least 70% Albariño and Treixadura grapes, with other varieties used, all produced in the Condado do Tea sub-zone.
  • Rías Baixas Rosal: made using at least 70% Albariño and Loureira varieties, with other varieties used, all produced in the Rosal sub-zone.
  • Rías Baixas Salnés: made using at least 70% Albariño grapes, with the rest made using varieties all from the Val do Salnés sub-zone.
  • Rías Baixas Ribeira do Ulla: made using 70% Albariño grapes, with other varieties used all from the Ribeira do Ulla sub-zone.
  • Rías Baixas: made using recognized white grape varieties, produced in any of the sub-zones belonging to the D.O, with at least 70% of the preferred varieties.
  • Rías Baixas Barrica: made using the wines mentioned above, left in oak casks for at least three months.
  • Rías Baixas (Red): made using recognized varieties of red grape, produced in any of the sub-zones belonging to the D.O. and in the proportions considered appropriate.


  • Rías Baixas D.O. recognised by Order of the Department of Agriculture, 17th March 1988 (Official Gazette of Galicia –DOG- 15.04.88).
  • Regulation approved by Order of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry on 23rd October 1996 (DOG 29.10.96), ratified on order of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Foodstuffs (MAPA) on 11th September 1997 (Official State Gazette –BOE- 25.09.97) and modified by the ministerial orders dated 9th July 1997 (DOGA 28.07.97), 4th August 1999 (DOGA 10.08.99), and 24th May 2000 (DOGA 25.05.00), 28 29
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