On this guided tour of Ribeira Sacra (which means the sacred river bank), you will visit up to three outstanding local wineries tasting wines of D.O. Ribeira Sacra. Ribeira Sacra is a candidate UNESCO world heritage area in the interior of Galicia surrounded by mountains and canyons. The tour involves a breath-taking riverboat journey up the River Sil canyon and a stop at a famous local viewpoint near Doade to take in the amazing landscape. We will visit a winery in the area and try award-winning wines from the likes of Adegas Algueira. Lunch at the winery will involve tasting the local products of the area.
Your Food, Wine & Expert Guide will meet you at the starting point in Santiago. An excellent option for those who would like traveling, learning about local wines and the region and who enjoy a good lunch.
Here are some of the amazing sights on our tour:
- RIBEIRA SACRA : Ribeira Sacra, known as the sacred riverbank, lies at the confluence of the Rivers Sil and Miño. It has some of the most spectacular canyon scenery in Europe. Steeply sloping vines means it's not easy to harvest the grapes but they've been doing it since Roman times. Before Christ monks and hermits settled here building monasteries, churches and chapels exerting influence on all of Galicia and giving impetus for the production of wines. The combination of native grape varieties like Mencia, slate /granite soils, and the local microclimate produce fantastic growing conditions, especially for distinctive red wines which are unlike no others in Galicia or for other part of Spain.
- BOAT JOURNEY : The boat journey up the River Sil is a spectacular introduction to the land of Ribeira Sacra. The trip from near Doade will go downstream in the direction of Belesar passing the steeply terraced vines taking in a few tributaries where you can see an array of local wildlife and rare birds. There'll be an opportunity to try a local wine on the boat to help open the appetite for the lunch ahead!
- WINERY VISIT : Adegas Algueira winery has a reputation for producing a wide variety of fine wines using the very latest, modern wine techniques. Surrounded by chestnut and oak forests the winery relies on autochthonous grape varieties from their own vineyards to make quality reds from Mencía, Alvarello, Merenzao, and Caíño grapes, and whites from Godello, Loureiro, Alvariño and Treixadura. The food is delicious too and among its specialties are Galician steaks, lamb and cod as well cured meats and cheese boards.