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Ribeira Sacra

DO area in the northwestern Spanish region Galicia, The name means "Holy Bank" and refers to numerous monastery foundations in the 12th and 13th centuries. West closes Rías Baixas on. The beautiful landscape with lush forests and vineyards is crossed by three rivers. The area is divided into the six sub-zones Amandi, Chantada, Quiroga-Bibei, Ribeiras do Miño, Ribeira do Sil-Ourence and Sober. According to legend, the wine from Amandi the favorite drops of the Roman emperor Tiberius (42 BC-47 AD). The mostly very steep, terraced Vineyards on weathered slate and granite floors cover 1,200 hectares. The vineyards are located on both sides of the rivers Sil and Miño in the northwest of the province of Ourense and in the southern part of the province of Lugo. The most important variety is around 50% red Mencia that at least 85% must be present in red wines. Then the red follows Garnacha Tintorera and the white wines Albariño ( Alvarinho ) Godello. Loureiro and Treixadura ( Trajadura ). The numerous waste wines are called "Xenérico" (general varieties), but the endeavor goes to varietal Cry.

Ribeira Sacra - Canyon of the river Sil

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