Galicia: Wine tasting tour into the shore wines of Galicia
Rias Baixas region is located along Spain’s north western coast. This region of Galicia meets exactly what we expect from a land bordered by a succession of estuaries and rugged coastline. The Albariño is the emblematic wine in the denomination of origin Rias Baixas. The seafront vineyards offer a slightly distinctive white wine than the ones in the interior, with notes that can vary from a rather mineral flavor profile, sometime with a hint of gentle lime and saline to more aromatic and floral quality wines.
Our program is about connecting with a sublime, somehow nonchalant region of sea and land, one that fits the likes of the western coast of Ireland. It is also about meeting with innovative or traditional Galician winemakers and exchanging recipies in their cellars
Why we like this wine region
Rias Baixas evokes unconscioulsy the western shores of Ireland, the image of lush vegetation is striking the visitor. Just the mere look at the natural reserve areas : One National Park, including the Marine National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia; two Biosphere Reserves; one Natural Park, a marshland close to the coastline; more than 16 areas incorporated into the Natura 2000 network and numerous Special Protection Areas for Birds.
The common idea of Galicia is that this is a land associated with green, a Celtic heritage, a rugged coastline, impressive lighthouses, the sound of bagpipes ...all this is true. But Rias Baixas offers much more and is yet to be discovered. This is a land of small fishing villages that harbor their own treasures, many hidden gems like small Romanesque churches, ancient monasteries, some of them in remote rural locations; fortresses and castles, still standing, are perfect reminiscence of the past.
In our view, this region is increadibly attractive for the visitor, despite its somehow capricious weather, for is it the home of a noble white wine: the Albariño. Wandering in exceptional 'pazos' and their timeless gardens are one of our favorite activities.
My sister and I are from the United States and were in Salamanca for a week visiting my niece. We noticed a pamphlet advertising a one day Sierra de Salamanca tour and thought we would give it a try....I am so glad we did! We had an absolutely picture perfect day visiting several quaint villages and touring an organic winery.
Helena and Pierre were fantastic hosts. I hope to return one day to experience a longer tour. If you love wine, do yourself a favor and contact Slowwines.
Just a little word of thanks for your Slowwines people! I thought our trip got off to a bad start, as upon arrival at the airport in Madrid, the rental car agency never seem to have heard of us! We called the Spanish office straight away and in less than half an hour, we had a nice car to start our self-drive tour to Ribera del Duero. Instructions were clear, this wasn't just a map an a few directions. The tour itself was perfectly timed and measured! We never drove long distances and arrived at the scheduled visits without hurrying! That was pure pleasure.
- Santiago de Compostela
- Cambarros, its Alariño festival
- The ancient monasteries
- The Rias Baixas wineries
- The Ribera Sacra wineries
- Pazos with stunning gardens
- Combarros fishing village
- Perfect wandering places
- The Camelia route
- The panoramic view from Castro de Santa Tegra
- Art exposed in the Nature
- The marine life & birdlife in do Faro and Cíes islands