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Rías Baixas & Ribeira Sacra Private Tour

Exclusive tour to Galicia and northwest Spanish wines

Paladar y Tomar Rias Baixas and Ribeira Sacra wine tour surpasses the limits. St. James in Santiago de Compostela is not the only shrine as there is a new pilgrimage in northwest Spain prompted by the excellence of its wines. Highly charismatic and driven producers are putting Galician wines on the map, and the heroic viticulture from Ribeira Sacra surpasses natural laws.

The DO Rias Baixas was established in 1984. Its main activity is the production of white wines with the albariño grape. It’s believed that the albariño grape was brought to Spain by the Cistercian monks of the Monastery of Armenteira during the 12th century. DO Rias Baixas is located in the southwest of the Pontevedra province, and the area takes the name from the five estuaries along the coast: Ría de Concubión, Ría de Muros e Noia, Ría de Arousa, Ría de Pontevedra and Ría de Vigo.

The steep terrain present around the Sil Canyons forces vintners to reap the grapes with an added difficulty apart from the inability to use machines. This process of harvesting grapes is known as ‘heroic viticulture‘. The production area of the DO Ribeira Sacra covers regions of great wine tradition, which includes 19 parishes and local councils. Grapes are cultivated on the steep and sunny slopes located along the banks of the rivers Miño and Sil, in the south of Lugo and the north of Ourense. The vines grow on terraces next to the rivers and under the protection of forests and ancestral shrines and Romanesque monasteries, which keep the history and knowledge of this land alive.

You cannot miss Santiago de Compostela and its famous Cathedral, the goal of all Jacobean Pilgrimage Routes, and the four squares surrounding it: Obradoiro, Quintana, Praterías and Immaculada. The spectacle of Botafumeiro, conducted at Friday evening Masses at the Cathedral, really worth a visit. Cape Finisterre, a getaway to the World’s end! In Roman times it was believed to be the end of the known world and it is sometimes said to be the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula.

Galicia has remained too long an untapped culinary treasure, probably because the region is difficult to get to. In words of José Andrés, “the cooking is pure. For the dishes to work, the ingredients have to be fantastic.” Galicia is one of the best fishing spots and its seafood is internationally acclaimed.