The Ribeira Sacra: THE MENCÍA

800px-ViñedossilThe name Ribeira Sacra refers to the slopes of the Sil and Minho rivers in the south of the province of Lugo and north of the province of Ourense. It is an area with a landscape of great beauty, formed by terraces covered almost entirely by vineyards. As a denomination of origin Ribeira Sacra is a relative newcomer, but its winemaking tradition is one of the oldest in Spain.

This special landscape allows for a wide variety of wines of differing characteristics and attributes, depending on the patch or terrace the vineyards occupy, with its particular soil, height and daily exposure to the sun. Another essential aspect for production is climate and the Ribeira Sacra is very particular zone, composed of various microclimates. Although generally speaking it is said to have a mild Atlantic climate.

As for its history, there cialis prix are documents and archaeological remains that indicate its introduction in the area by the Romans, but what is beyond doubt is its medieval production, closely linked to the numerous monasteries that populate the area. During the Middle Ages wine production in the area developed to such an extent that came to be exported to other countries.

800px-Uva_MenciaThe best known of the wine produced in the area is the Mencia, a red wine from grapes of that name. Besides Mencia, other grape varieties used in the area, although in much smaller proportions are brancellao, Merenzao and tempranillo. The result is a red wine, garnet in colour, which is intense, clean and aromatic, with hints of red berries and a marked Atlantic character.

The Mencia produced in these lands is probably the best and most prestigious red wine in Galicia. Its success is such that every year new wineries are created, adding to the first and certainly most popular: Abadia da Cova.

White wines are also produced, using the most famous white grapes of Galicia – the albariño, treixatura and godello. The best of those produced in the area is undoubtedly the Godello a fruity, slightly tart, aromatic wine that will be dealt with in more detail another day.

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Text: Rosa Vázquez

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