03/23/2009

Consejo Regulador de Denominacion de Origin Ribeiro

RIBEIRO D.O.

RIBEIRO D.O.
Location
D.O. Ribeiro wines are grown in a high quality soil which lies in a rich and well orientated valley
carved by the river Avia. The Ribeiro Valley is in the Northwest of the province of Ourense, in
Galicia, the most North-Occidental region of Spain. Even though Galicia is well known by its
wet climate, the Ribeiro area is gifted with a humid and warm microclimate with an annual
average temperature of 14.5ºC. Therefore, Ribeiro native grape varieties, such as Godello or
Treixadura, ripen preserving excellent aromatic and acidity qualities.
History
Locals have traditionally elaborated Ribeiro wines for more than two thousand years, feeding
their knoledge with European techniques carried into Galicia through the pilgrimage route to
Saint James of Compostelle in the Middle Ages and getting to establish important commercial
relations with England and other European countries in the past. Nowadays the growth of
Ribeiro wines has developed into a philosophy of socio-economic sustainability based in
tradition and environmental values.
Ribeiro means the experience of a land, where tradition, wisdom and people melt into the
miracle of producing some of the most outstanding wines in Spain.
Further information on the D.O. Ribeiro region at:
www.ribeiro.es
www.rutadelvinoribeiro.com
www.tugalicia.es
RIBEIRO GRAPE VARIETIES
WHITE VARIETIES
Loureiro
White high quality Galician grape that creates aromatic wines. Authorized in Rias Baixas and
Ribeiro DOs. There is also a red Loureira but it is very rare.
Godello
White. A high quality very aromatic grape, native to Galicia, whose plantation has been strongly
encouraged in last few years.
Treixadura
White. Native to Galicia. This is one of the most aromatic varieties of Galician grape. It is
considered a main variety in Ribeiro DOs.
Torrontés
White. Originally from Galicia, it produces wines of little body and good acidity, with
considerable personality and an intense bouquet.
Lado
White. Found in Ribeiro DO, although there is no provision for it in the regulations. It makes for
light wines with substantial acidity, but with considerable aromatic strength and quality.
Albillo.
White. This is a relatively neutral grape with an interesting glycerol level that brings smoothness
to the wines in which it is used. It is mainly found in Madrid, Ávila and Galicia.
RED VARIETIES
Sousón.
Native to Galicia. Aromatic and juicy. Its most characteristic feature is the high polyphenolic
content that gives its wines excellent structure and intense colour. It is often used as a
complementary variety.
Brencellao
This is the third most commonly found native red variety in the Ribeiro area. It produces
aromatic wines with little structure, full-bodied, oily and unctuous.
Caíño.
This is one of the most typical native red varieties in the Ribeiro and the second in terms of
production. It is characterized by its great aromatic potential and it is very common as a
complementary variety, adding complexity and aromatic intensity to wines.