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The Ribeira Sacra Denomination was established in 1996. It was created with the aim of guaranteeing the origin of the product, its quality and promotion.
Let’s find out more from the words of José Manuel Rodríguez González, President of the D.O.
Since the birth of D.O. Ribeira Sacra, what goals have been achieved and which remain to be achieved?
We have achieved the goal of positioning the wines in the national and international market as prestigious wines, with a very high quality, coming from a unique territory, from an area of mountain viticulture, known as heroic viticulture, where the wines show this exceptional character. Perhaps, we have to improve export, although the DO wines Ribeira Sacra are present in practically every country in the world, in some countries they are exported in small quantities.
What are the peculiarities of the territory and its wines?
It is a mountain viticulture, in which the vineyards reach a slope of up to 85% and that it is bathed mainly by the Miño and Sil rivers. The cultivation of thevVine is on the banks of these rivers and other smaller ones. The wines are made with native Galician varieties; the reds mainly with the Mencía variety and the whites mainly with the Godello variety. The wines are fresh, aromatic and show the character of the vineyard.
What services/activities do you use to promote the wine region?
The Regulatory Council participates in both national and international fairs to position the wines in the different markets. Different fairs are also held at the local level, with different tastings and presentations to make the Ribeira Sacra wines known to the final consumer.
Can you briefly describe the areas of cultural and wine tourism interest in D.O. Ribeira Sacra?
The territory of Ribeira Sacra brings together the largest concentration of Romanesque art in Europe, with a large number of churches and monasteries spread throughout the territory of the DO It is planned to be a World Heritage Site, the greatest achievement that can be achieved for a wine territory.
In terms of wine tourism, it is an emerging territory, which each year attracts a greater number of visitors, both nationals and foreigners, who enjoy the wine, the landscape, the gastronomy and various leisure and cultural activities, in a rural environment, which of course invites return.
Why are D.O. Ribeira Sacra wines so special?
They are very particular wines that show the uniqueness of the territory, the orographic difficulty and the exceptional characteristics of the vineyards, which are located in areas that are often almost impassable. Our motto is “The taste of a landscape”.