A great oppertuinty to dicover the wines from the Ribeira Sacra.
(TRAVPR.COM) SPAIN - September 10th, 2010 - Casa Santo Estevo is a Casa Rural, based in Galicia, Spain. Our actual location is in the wine growing area known as the Ribeira Sacra. We have joined forces with an American company to offer wine tours of this region. Our partners, Grapehops, offer a tour of this region between May 25 - June 1 2011.
This is a great opportunity to escape the pressures of your world sit back and relax in an authentic, fully restored, 100 year old Galician Farm house. The tours during the day will cover a wide range of bodegas (wineries) located in the Ribeira Sacra.
:: Some information about the wines of the Ribeira Sacra ::
There have been vineyards in the region of the Ribeira Sacrá for thousands of years. Originally started by the Romans. But the D.O. “Denominación de Origen” is relatively new, it was established in 1995. There are about 1,500 hectares dedicated to wine produce in this area.
The production zone of the Ribeira Sacrá covers parts of the provinces of Lugo and Ourense, located along the riversides of the Rivers Miño and Sil and their tributaries. Some of the land upon which the vines are grown is impressionably steep.
Red wines are predominant over white. In recent years these reds have surprised national and international experts with the quality and originality of the wines. The most extensively cultivated is the Mencía grape with some blending with Garnacha grapes permitted.
The North American magazine "The Wine Advocate,” written by the wine guru Robert Parker, has given The Ribeira Sacra red wines some outstanding praise over recent years. What out for more reports on this up and coming wine region.