Valdeorras

VALDEORRAS

The tradition of Valdeorras as a wine-growing regions dates back to the days of the Roman Empire. Aided by the Mediterranean-Atlantic micro-climate, the Romans planted vines and built presses, creating a culture, secular today, which revolved around vineyards and the production of exquisite wines, whose virtues were extolled by pilgrims following the Way of St. James on their journey to Santiago de Compostela.

Ever since that time, the arduous task undertaken by winegrowers and producers would continue to bear its fruit until in 1945 Valdeorras was granted Denomination of Origin status by Ministerial Order. The Entity was born with the vocation of recovering autochthonous varieties such as Godello and Mencia, its main aims being to ensure quality, boost control, facilitate promotion and search for new ways in which to expand and market the product.

Soils are varied, from slate-based shallow soils to granite-based soils, richer in sand, to terraced sediment-based soils, abundant in stone.  This soil diversity allows the region to boast two monovarietal wines. The most emblematic is a Godello white, with its defined fruity aromas, and yellow, golden or straw colour. It has a good structure and is intense and full in the mouth, and has an average alcoholic content of 12.5º. The most outstanding reds are made from Mencía, with an intense purple colour, and an elegant fruity aroma, light and tasty, with a good balance between alcohol content and acidity, appetising, and a long and intense finish.