Galicia Spanish Wine

It seems as though Galicia first appeared on the Spanish wine map about ten years ago. The excellent wine was reserved for local hostelries that sold it from the barrel and for restaurants. Few tourists were to be seen in green Galicia, the forgotten corner above Portugal, although thousands of pilgrims visit annually on their way to the famous shrine of Santiago de Compostella. Because this area has remained isolated for so long, the local Spanish wine-growers had great riches of old varieties of grapes which give the Galician wine its charm.

Who had ever heard of Albariño, Godello, or Treixadura fifteen years ago? This Spanish wines were said to be too low in alcohol, too thin, to acidic, too rustic, and to oxidise far too readily. Many growers were so hurt by the criticism that they planted more readily marketable non-native varieties of grapes. The Spanish wine from these though was of such poor quality that a new generation of growers have brought honour once more to the original varieties.

Less wine is made but the quality is better. The best combinations of grape variety, microclimate, and soil type were sought out. The results are apparent. Galician wine is tremendously popular, the quality is excellent for a Spanish wine, and the recognition of these jewels is quickly becoming known around the world.

Galicia, as the name implies, has a definite Celtic or Gallic or Gaelic background. Present day culture is largely Portuguese in influence. Both influences can be found in the names given to the Spanish wine areas and their wines.