Galicia bears a stronger resemblance to the green fields and rocky coasts of Ireland than classic images of drier, Castilian plains. Often referred to as Green Spain, the hillsides of Galicia are covered in mist that shroud granite castles, vineyards and manor houses. Mother Nature does not grant an emerald landscape without a price: high rainfall. The region’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean brings a cool maritime climate with ample rain, and more importantly, abundant sunshine during the critical growing and ripening season for Albariño. This ensures wines with good natural acidity and balance, and a characteristic aromatic profile that makes Albariño from Rías Baixas a sensory delight. Even accounting for rain, Rías Baixas’ more than 2,200 hours of sunshine per year are more than enough to develop the luscious ripeness of fruit in most vintages.
Granite Soils – Hard rock to make fine wines
The soils of Rías Baixas are fairly uniform in profile with hard granite as the mother rock. The wet, coastal climate also support mineral-rich alluvial top soils, a combination of clay, silt, sand and gravel that forms over time from deposits left by running water. There is a limited amount of organic material in the soil and an extremely high level of minerality, ideal for conditions for world-class white wines.