The north west
The following autonomies or areas are found in north-western Spain: Galicia, the Pals Vasco, Castilla y Leon, Asturias, and Cantabria. The latter two of these autonomies only produce vinos de mesa. The other areas can be split into their DO wine-growing areas.
The climate of north west Spain is clearly influenced by the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic Ocean. The weather is much cooler, wetter, and more windy than the rest of the country. Daily life is clearly marked by the sea and fishing.
This part of Spain is less typically Spanish, having more Celtic and Basque characteristics with little sign of the Castilian and Moorish invasion. The local dishes are inspired by the sea's harvest: fish and other seafood. The local Spanish wine is generally white, dry, fresh, and light, with the exception of a few red wines.