Route through the wineries of Galicia in 6 days

What follows is a journey through Galicia's profound wine culture, a route through the wineries of Galicia and its Protected Designations of Origin (PDO), all located in the southern half of our geography.

On this tour we will take you to wineries where great wines have been produced for decades, to places with history (and stories) and to charming accommodation. And to be tempted by the best gastronomy.

A unique combination to get to know Galicia unhurriedly through its most special forms: those that go straight to the palate.

Description

Welcome to our route through the wineries of Galicia. A deluxe tour that we have prepared with the following itinerary as a reference, but that we can adapt according to your interests and needs (see below).Tell us what you have in mind).

Day 1: Arrival in Santiago

After arriving in Santiago de Compostela on your own, you will stay in one of the best hotels in the city. At the foot of the Cathedral of Santiago and in the middle of the Obradoiro square: the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos. There you will be welcomed by the guide who will accompany you on the journey you are about to start.

Day 2: Rías Baixas (start of the journey)

The first day of the route through the wineries of Galicia will be to focus on the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin, probably the best known of all thanks to its flagship variety: Albariño wine. But first, it is impossible to stay in Santiago and not make a quick visit to the historic area.

From there, we start our journey, with private transport, to visit the Salnés peninsula and its valley. There we will have our first wine tasting before lunch in one of the most awarded wineries in Galicia. After the first oenological experience, time to enjoy the seafood gastronomy in one of the great restaurants that this area has to offer. Four Michelin-starred restaurants reside here.

In the afternoon we will visit the region, always pivoting around the rich Ría de Arousa, stopping at some of its most interesting and authentic spots. At the end of the day, accommodation at the Parador de Cambados.

Day 3: O Ribeiro and Ourense

The second day of our route through the wineries of Galicia begins and we head for the Designation of Origin of O Ribeiro, in the natural region of the same name. We will go, in fact, directly to its centre: Ribadavia. This town was the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia briefly, in the mid-11th century, and one of the reference points for wine in Galicia since the Middle Ages.

Ribadavia preserves an interesting historic quarter, medieval walls, the Sarmiento castle and one of the best preserved Jewish quarters on the Iberian Peninsula, including a synagogue. What's more, it also conserves a Jewish bakery where you can try some of the kosher desserts that are still made there with a secret recipe that is passed down from generation to generation within the same family.

After the visit to this ancient medieval city, we will visit a local winery for a wine tasting before lunch. After lunch, we will head for Ourense, the city of the burgas. We will visit its historic centre, its thermal springs and its splendid cathedral, which holds two striking treasures: the chapel of Santo Cristo, on the one hand, and the Portico del Paraíso - directly related to the Portico de la Gloria in Santiago de Compostela.

After the visit, you will be accommodated in a rural pazo a few kilometres away, one of the ancient residences characteristic of the Galician rural nobility.

Day 4: Monterrei and Valdeorras

After resting from the previous day at the pazo, we will resume our journey southwards, towards the border between Galicia and Portugal. We will make a brief stop in Allariz, one of the best preserved medieval villages in Galicia. After the visit, we will continue towards the Monterrei region, which gives its name to another of the Designations of Origin. There we will find the varieties Dona Branca, Godello and Treixadura in whites and Mencia in reds. On arrival, tasting in the winery and lunch, with time to visit the castle, now a Parador hotel.

As the distances are not very long, we will continue to the next area with Designation of Origin: Valdeorras. There we will be able to learn about the wine production system of this area - one of the most unknown, even in other areas of Galicia. Finally, we will move to Monforte, to spend the night in another magnificent Parador: an old Benedictine monastery from the 17th century.

Day 5: Ribeira Sacra and the Sil Canyon

The end of our route through the wineries of Galicia is reserved for a Denomination of Origin that is accompanied by the largest concentration of monasteries in Europe: the Ribeira Sacra. Leaving Monforte behind, we will stop in Pantón, and then head towards Doade, along a road that winds its way through the vineyards hanging over the Sil Canyon.

At midday, we will visit the area from the river, on a catamaran that will offer us the best views of the spectacular scenery and a perfect opportunity to understand why viticulture in this area is called "heroic" - a regulated concept, not pure marketing. After the tour, visit one of the many wineries in the area, to taste their spectacular production and also the experiments they are carrying out with old grape varieties that have almost disappeared.

After lunch in one of the great restaurants in the area, we will visit the unique monastery of Santa Cristina de Ribas de Sil, in a stunning setting. Finally, we will return to Santiago, where we will take a well-deserved rest from this intense route through the wineries of Galicia.

Day 6: Santiago de Compostela

Our services end on the 6th in the morning, after lunch. Depending on your time availability, you can take the opportunity to get to know the city beyond the first day's visit, or to take a trip to the northern half of Galicia. Here are some of them.