Our Climate

Atlantic Character

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Our Grapes

 

Albariño is the most recognized grape of the D.O. Rías Baixas and one of the most important and well-known of Galicia. Its cluster is small, and its ripening is earlier than that of other varieties in Condado do Tea.  It is a grape with a high level of sugar and acidity that gives a great freshness to the wines. Its cultivation is characterized by the use of the grapevine as a conduction system, and given its relevance in the market it has become one of the emblems of Galicia.

 

On the other hand, in the Condado do Tea area we also have other exceptional varieties. It is worth mentioning the Treixadura, Loureira, Torrontés and Caiño Blanco grapes, which are used to produce the famous and exceptional Condado wines (coupages of the varieties mentioned above).

Our Soils

Located in the southwest of Galicia, the Rías Baixas D.O. was founded for the first time in 1980. The main grape of this land is Albariño, although other varieties are also grown.

 

Thus, the D.O. is divided into 5 sub-areas: El Valle del Salnés, El Condado de Tea, El Rosal, Soutomaior, Ribera del Ulla.

 

In the subzone of Condado do Tea (D.O Rías Baixas) located in the south of the province of Pontevedra, the majority of the vineyards are oriented towards the south and are bounded on this side by the river Miño. These lands are in turn crossed by another river, the Tea River, which crosses them from north to south, from the northern area where the mountains mark the limit of Condado do Tea.  Its soils are granitic and sandy enough to drain the abundant rains.

 

In DO Rías Baixas, most of the vineyards are located a short distance from the sea, so they are shallow and shallow soils, reaching a maximum of 300 metres above sea level. This location causes the soils to be characterized by being mainly sandy and mineral, especially granitic, and somewhat acidic, which gives a touch of salinity to the wines.

Our Climate

The climate of Condado do Tea (D.O. Rías Baixas) is of Atlantic influence but rainfall here is scarcer than in other subzones further north of the Rías Baixas DO. In Condado do Tea the temperatures are higher and the relative humidity is lower than in the other sub-areas of the Rias Baixas DO.

 

In winter, the Atlantic storms of the West/Southeast, with their warm fronts and often tropical air, bring heavy rainfall and are decisive when it comes to obtaining mild and even warm temperatures, with very little marked differences between day and night. Occasionally cold airs from the Arctic can be introduced, which can cause temperatures to drop more than usual.

 

Spring is early , rainy and the dangers of climatic origin in this season are frost damage and flower subsidence. In summer, the influence of the Azores anticyclone is noticeable and rainfall decreases considerably.