Galicia is an area in the northwestern corner of Spain, close to the coast. It is very different from the rest of Spain, as it is quite lush and receives a siginificant amount of annual rainfall. The area is known for its stunning seafood, and crips acidic white wines that compliment the cuisine perfectly. There are 5 DO's in Galicia the two most important of which are: Rias Baixas and Valdeorras. In addition, Galicia contains Ribeira Sacra, Ribeiro, and Monterrei, all of which use an assortment of grapes used in the first two areas.
Rias Baixas is is located in the southwest corner of Galicia, bordering Portugal to the north. The history of wine exportation from this area dates back to the 16th century, when the wines were popular throughout Europe. In the 19th century, however, Phylloxera devastated wine growing in this area, and most of the native varietals died out in the process. It was not until the 1970's that these grapes were successfully replanted, and modern winemaking gradually came back to the area. The most important grape in Rias Baixas is Albariño, which produces a very crisp and acidic dry white wine, with floral or peach notes. It is sometimes blended with two grapes called Loureira Blanca and Treixadura.
Valdeorras is known for the Godello grape variety, which produces white wines rich in minerality and plenty of fruit. Some think this grape may have the greatest potential to make very high quality white wines in all of Spain.