DO area (Spanish Rías Bajas) in the province of Pontevedra in the southwest of the northwestern Spanish region Galicia on the Atlantic coast on the border with Portugal, The name means "lower bays" and is the name of four narrow, deep inland bays that emerged from flooded valleys of the Ría de Muros y Noia, Ría de Arousa, Ría de Pontevedra and Ría de Vigo. There are five sub-zones, all dominated by the white grape Albariño ( Alvarinho ), which occupies 95% of the vineyards:
Caused by the Atlantic winds there are Rainfall of up to 1,300 millimeters annually (three times as high as in Rioja ). The damp and cool climate favors the emergence of fungal diseases, The vineyards cover a total of about 2,500 hectares of vineyards. For the most part fresh, sparkling, dry white wines are produced, which are among the best in Spain. Incidentally, they were already exported to the whole of Europe in the 16th century. They are usually one malolactic fermentation subjected.
The whites must have at least 70% albariño ( Alvarinho ), as well as max. 30% Caíño Blanco, Loureira ( Loureiro ), Torrontés ( Fernão Pires ) or Treixadura ( Trajadura ) contain. The red wines are from Brancellao ( Alvarelhão ), Caíño Tinto ( Borraçal ), Espadeiro ( Camaraou Noir ), Loureira Tinta or Sousón ( Vinhão ) and Mencia vinified.
Well-known producers are Adegas Castrobrey, Adegas Galegas, Adegas Tollodouro, Adegas Valmiñor, Agnusdei, Agro de Bazán, Albariño Santiago Roma, As Laxas, Benito Santos, Couto, Castro Martín, Comercial Oula, Coto de Xiabre, Fillaboa, Lagar de Besada, Lagel de Fornelos, Lusco Do Miño, Martínez Serantes, Pablo Padín, Palacio de Fefiñanes, Pazo de Barrantes, Pazo Pondal, Pazo San Mauro, Pazo de Señorans, Terras Gauda and Valdamor.