February 21, 2018

Albarino Wine Led Me To Galicia Spain

Exploring Europe through its wines can lead you to some wonderful adventures. That is why I love trying different European wines even while home.  I recently had the opportunity to try a wine made from a grape I’d never heard of, Albarino.  Once I discovered it was from Spain I had to learn more about the region producing Albarino wine!

This led me to the rugged Northern coast of Spain, Galacia.

Galacia is not on the normal tourist track and since it is separated from the rest of Spain by a mountain range, it has a very different feel to it.  In Galacia you’ll experience a different language and a strong Celtic influence especially in its music which still uses bagpipes.  Set along the Atlantic coast, the region also boasts a very strong seafaring tradition.  Inland the region is full of rugged and wonderful mountains.

Here are 5 reasons you might want to explore Galicia!

1. Albarino Wine
One of the wine worlds best kept secrets is the Rías Baixas area, home to Spain’s Albarino grape.  The grape has been growing in the area for 900 years and produces a crisp white wine that pairs well with seafood.  The wine region is mainly centered on Cambados where you’ll find a bodega in an old castle and an annual wine festival.

Vineyards in Spanish Wine Region of Galicia Spain

Vineyards in Spanish Wine Region of Galicia by Enrique Dans

2. Santiago de Compestelo
The most well known city in the Galicia region is also one of Spain’s most beloved.  In the center of town you’ll find Plaza de Espana which is bordered by the Baroque cathedral, a Romanesque college and Neoclassical city hall. The cathedral has been the goal of pilgrims for hundreds of years and is known for its Baroque façade, a Romanesque sculpture and the crypt of St. James.

Santiago de Composteleo Cathedral Galicia Spain

Santiago Cathedral by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sanchez

3. Beaches
The coastal area of Galicia is full of scenic, windy and sometime treacherous shoreline.  Take time to explore some of the estuaries and enjoy the beaches.  The many resorts are full of wonderful streets with Gothic arches and churches as well as miles of sandy beaches and beautiful clear water.   The beaches are so inviting you’ll want to grab some bread, cheese and wine for a wonderful seaside picnic!

Beach along coast of Galicia Spain

Playa de Catedrales, Galicia Spain by AndyRobertsPhotos, on Flickr

4. Quaint Villages
The quaint fishing villages, gorgeous scenery and sandy beaches of Galicia are the heart and sole of the region.  The list of villages include La Coruna which is Franco’s hometown, Lugo is known for its Roman wall, preserved ramparts and shellfish festival while Baiona is a chic resort known as the first town to know of Columbus’ discovery and its medieval architecture.

Plaza do Ferro in Ourense Galicia Spain

Praza do Ferro in Ourense by Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias

5. Varied outdoor activities
Galicia is also known for its outdoor adventures.  While the coastline adventures revolve around water sports including sailing and surfing, the rugged hills entice the hikers and walkers.  Other adventures include hot air ballooning, golf and horseback riding.

Inland scenery Galicia Spain

Galicia Inland by OndasDeRuido, on Flickr


Is Galicia calling you?

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  3. Tricia says:

    Debbie, we spent a long weekend in Santiago de Compostela several years ago, and enjoyed watching the pilgrims arrive in the city. Tapas indulgences, a visit to see the cathedral’s famous botafumeiro, and strolling the cobbled lanes were other highlights. Perhaps we can return for the annual wine festival!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      How wonderful that experience must have been! I’d love to explore some of the great areas in Spain.

  4. Scott says:

    We actually used to sell this type of wine at the restaurant I worked at, but I didn’t know what geographic region in Spain it was coming from. Thanks for shedding light on the subject and I am totally with you about discovering places through their wine, I have done the same with Marlborough in New Zealand and Mendoza in Argentina, just drinking the wine makes you feel like you are there, even if you are at home.

  5. Leigh says:

    That’s one part of Spain I would like to see but before the rainy season hits. Love Albarino and would be happy with a glass or two of that every night too.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Visiting Galicia before the raining season is a must! Love to enjoy some of their wine while the sun is setting.

  6. Paying proper attention this time, Debbie.
    I would love to visit Galicia. It’s been on my list for some time, and not only for the walk to Santiago de Compostela, but that too!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      After looking into it, Galicia seems like a wonderful part of Spain and has become very intriguing to me too!

  7. Marlys says:

    My eyes were playing tricks on me. Must be the age. I thought I read Albino wine. Interesting thought. 😉
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  8. Jeff Titelius says:

    I am in love with Ourense!! how positively enchanting! This region of Spain has been unknown to me until now, thanks to you, I now have a new place to visit and sample the wines!!
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