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RIBEIRA SACRA

If this region isn’t well known today, the qualities that have kept it in the shadows are just as likely to prove endearing once people discover this region. Situated along the banks of the rivers Minho and Sil, the soils and landscapes are fascinatingly ideal for complex (mostly) red wines: fossils, limestone, clay and rocks, tossed atop vertiginous cliffs and plummeting vineyards, with slightly gentler slopes as you near the rivers. Despite an annual rainfall that is sparser than other DOs in Green Spain, this is an area to watch, because older Mencía and even some Godello vineyards prosper nonetheless. As in Valdeorras, wine may still be a modern (re)discovery; the Romans were planting grapes while they were working the area’s prolific gold mines.

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