Friday, August 14, 2015

Ribeira Sacra, where Rome produced its wines

Ribeira Sacra, where Rome produced its wines



Sight from río Miño

The Ribeira Sacra term meaning " sacred shore " , and seems to come from Latin. And at the edge of the two most iconic rivers Galicia , the river Miño and Sil, this region is located between the provinces of Lugo and Ourense. The situation of their terraced vineyards , located on the banks of both rivers , and with slopes of up to 80 % make this land a paradise.










River Sil, Vineyards
 A low production , even today you can see how they do new decks to add more soil , and thus cultivate some of the native grape varieties from the region; which in red wine are: Mencia, Brancellao , Merenzao , Sousón , and Caiño Tinto ... For white wine : Godello , Albariño , Loureira , Treixadura , Dona Branca , and Torrontes ...
Not since about 2000 years of history to travel back in time and get an idea of how the Romans cultivated the land to produce wine, especially in the subfield of " Amandi " . (From where it is said that wine was produced for the same Cesar) . In modern times , it is certain that one of their wines , " Peza do Rei " by Cachín Storage ( Ribeiras do Sil ) has been served at dinner given by President of United States, Barack Obama to celebrate  the day of the Hispanic (Columbus day) .

Adega Algueira Restaurant
From Amandi , on the banks of the river Sil , is one of the most emblematic wineries of the Ribeira Sacra , we refer to Adega Algueira , which also has restaurant, and makes some of the most brilliant and original wines of the Appellation of Origin . We find the Algueira , wine of the year which marries with plenty of food, and we have already discussed in the section on  maridaje-food pairing from our blog. Also Algueira Mencía, Mencía Barrel Algueira, Pizarra, or Carballo Galego  and others. They reflect the character of the area and the personality of its author Fernando , owner and promoter of the project he manages. Special mention for the Merenzao , which will be discussed in due course. For white wines , white plurievarietal Brandán, or the Escalada   (Godello grape ), which stand out for its freshness and balance between fruit and acidity are good examples of the winery Algueira , a place to go. The vintage as before, by hand, bunch by bunch , grape tending the greenest way possible.

Adegas Moure Vineyards
We continued our journey to another part of the Ribeira Sacra , this time bathed in the river Miño , in the "Cabo do Mundo " , where we find spectacular views and tastes. Adegas Moure, , also known as Abadia da Cova, , are this time our stop. There we get Mabel , to let us know the winery in an unforgetable visit. She gives us the opportunity to try some of the famous and award-winning wines , like red Mencia year Abadía da Cova  with fruit flavors while mineral typical of this grape variety . An easy drinking wine . More elaborate and complex is the Barrica Abadía da Cova. Moure de Autor is one more step in the personal winemaking , where hand harvesting respects , the ecological value of the product, and in short , quality over quantity prevailing. Blank highlight the delicious and fresh Albarino Abadia da Cova , already mentioned in the section on  maridaje-food pairing . This winery produces excellent wines as well as spirits, marc cream , coffee liqueur , honey liqueur , but ... the big surprise is undoubtedly the magnificent self made ANA, London Dry Gin,  with water from the Alps , one aromatic gin , while dry , it will not disappoint the most discerning palates.





Map of the trip

Map of the Area RIBEIRA SACRA pdf


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