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DO area for reds and whites in the northwest of the Spanish Province of Ourense in ( Galicia ) near the Portuguese border. The name means "shore land". To the north is Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous Christian sanctuaries, where the tomb of the apostle James is to be found. From several starting points in Europe, the place is the final destination of several pilgrimage routes; for the wedding in the Middle Ages, there were up to two million pilgrims annually. Already in the 16th century, wines were exported from here to Italy and England under the name Ribadavia (the main place of the area). It was all about Tostadillos (Dessert). Already at that time the technology of the Schwefelns applied.

Vineyards in DO area Ribeiro on the Rio Miño

The area spans 13 municipalities and is divided into the Ribeiro de Avia, Ribeiro del Miño and Ribeiro de Arnoia sub-zones. The Atlantic influenced climate gives warm summers and cold winters. There is enough rainfall with an annual average of 950 mm. The vineyards cover 3,000 hectares of vines on wet brown soil in slopes between 75 and 400 meters above sea level. These are located in the valley of the river Miño and on the banks of its tributaries Arnia and Arnoia. 90% of white wines from the main varieties Treixadura ( Trajadura ) and Torrontés ( alarije ), as well as Albariño ( Alvarinho ), Albilla ( Albillo de Albacete ) Godello, Loureira ( Loureiro ) Macabeo and Palomino produced. The most important red wines are Sousón ( Vinhão ), Brancellao ( Alvarelhão ), Caiño Tinto ( Borraçal ), Ferrón ( Manseng Noir ) Mencia. Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo,

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