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C.R.D.O. "Ribeiro"

Situated in the south of Galicia, on the northwestern border of the province of Ourense, the Ribeiro Designation of Origin covers a surface of some 2,685 hectares of vineyards, at the point where the rivers Miño, Avia, Arnoia and Barbantiño meet in the province of Ourense.

Wines from this region have a lengthy tradition that can be traced back to the sixteenth century, when the chief town capital, Ribadavia, established standards to guarantee the quality and authenticity of its wines.

Wine growing is a major point of reference in the region’s history, with an extensive and original genetic legacy that transmits is main characteristic: diversity.

Mountains protect the area from Atlantic weather conditions, guaranteeing its lower rate of rainfall. The climate is damp and warm, with average temperatures of 14.5 degrees. Its soil is mainly granitic in origin, and generally acidic.

Wines from this D.O. feature a series of combinations of exquisite fruity and floral aromas that are always surprising, made using traditional local grapes (Treixadura, Torrontés, Loureira, Caiño, Brancellao, Sousón), giving the wine a personality that makes it incomparable.

The white Ribeiro wines are light, fresh, dry and fruity, with a light colour, high level of acidity and alcohol level of between 9.5 º and 13º. They should be drunk in their first or second year, and not be laid down for ageing.

The red Ribeiro wines are dark red in colour with a balanced level of acidity, with alcohol levels of between 9.5º and 12º. As with the whites, they should be drunk in their first year.

Grape varieties and types of wines

  • Recommended white: Treixadura, Torrontés, Albariño, Loureira, Godello.
  • Authorized white: Macabeo, Albilla and Palomino.
  • Recommended red: Brancellao, Caiño, Ferrón, Sousón, Mencía.
  • Authorized red: Garnacha and Tempranillo.

Protected types of wines

  • White Wines
  • Red Wines
  • Toasted Wine

The monovarietal wines have an excellent structure with a subtle colour. Like the whites, the traditional reds of the Ribeiro are multivarietal, with the most typical combination being Brancellao-Caiño-Sousón, with Brancellao giving structure, Caíño aroma and Sousón its colour.

‘Toasted’ or sweet dessert Ribeiro wine is obtained from selecting the finest autochthonous grapes from the D.O., which are then dried under cover.

The white ‘toasted’ wines are exclusively made using the Treixadura, Torrontés, Albariño, Loureira and Godello varieties, and Red ‘toasted’ wines using Caiño, Ferrón, Sousón, Brancellao and Mencia.


  • Regulation on the Ribeiro D.O. approved by Order of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Foodstuffs (MAPA) on 2nd February 1976 (Official State Gazette BOE- 24.02.76), modified by the Order dated 17th April 2004 of the Department of Agricultural Policy and Rural Development (Official Gazette of Galicia DOG- 28.04.04), and ratified by Order APA 2526/2004 dated 13th July 2004 (BOE - 28.07.04)

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Presidente: Juan Manuel Casares Gándara

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32400 Ribadavia

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