DO Rias Baixas

 

The whites wines of the Denomination of Origin Rías Baixas are dry, with a sharp flavour, floral and intensely fruity, with a very fine and long aftertaste. Monovarietal wines like “Albariño” are straw yellow in colour, bright with golden and green iridescence.

They have a pleasantly impressive fine and distinguished floral and fruity aroma, medium intensity and a powerful half-length lingering. They are fresh and smooth on the palate, with sufficient body and alcohol, a balanced acidity, and broad harmonious nuances. Their aftertaste is pleasant, elegant and complete.

The “Rosal” and “Condado do Tea” wines are customised with the “Loureira” and “Treixadura” varieties in their respective.

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Climate

Near the limit of vine growth, the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin is fully integrated into the vast Atlantic region whose boundary is the Wagner line (Wagner P., 1976). The wines of the Denomination are therefore Atlantic wines.

In the winter, the western and south-western Atlantic storms with their warm fronts and air that is often tropical bring heavy rains, and are determining factors of mild and even warm temperatures, with not much difference from the day to the night. The northern and north-western storms, less frequent, are already weakened when they reach the area and bring little rain. Only invasions of cold Arctic air, or periods when anticyclones take stormy fronts northwards, might cause a sufficient fall in night temperatures for frost to occur.

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The average temperature of January, the coldest month of the year, gives us an idea of the mild winters; it ranges from 10 degrees in A Guarda to 9 degrees in Frieira. As for precipitation, the season is really rainy: 600 mm of the yearly average of 1,600 mm falls in winter.

Spring is early and rainy. Climate dangers in this season are frost damage and millerandage displacement. The risk of frost is nil on the coast but grows as we move inland. Frost damage is highly dependent on the very uneven terrain typical of the Rías Baixas DO.

The Azores anticyclone comes to the western Atlantic early in the summer, preventing the passage of disturbances, which at best glide over the northern edge of Galicia.

Rainfall is infrequent and not very abundant while temperatures remain mild thanks to the fresh air. Summer storms are rare and the risk of hail is low. In this season a significant edaphic drought takes place, favoured by the low rainfall, high temperatures and sandy soils that facilitate infiltration. Once the anticyclone has withdrawn, storms come in one after another in autumn, which is also a very rainy season.

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