The Ribeira Sacra Wine Route encompasses the twenty municipalities (between the south of the province of Lugo and the northwest of the province of Ourense) that constitute the territory of the Ribeira Sacra Designation of Origin: Portomarín, Paradela, O Saviñao, Pantón, Monforte de Lemos, A Pobra do Brollón, Quiroga, Ribas do Sil, Taboada, Chantada, Sober, Carballedo, A Peroxa, A Pobra de Trives, Manzaneda, A Teixeira, Castro Caldelas, Parada do Sil, San Xoán de Río and Nogueira de Ramuín.
The hillsides surrounding the Miño, the Sil and other minor rivers, covered with vineyards on terraces, together with their canyons and the multiple churches and monasteries, leave their imprint on the landscape and define its character. Not to mention their diverse flora, with native forests (including mainly chestnut and oak trees), mountain areas like Cabeza de Manzaneda or Mount Faro, and vegetation typical of riverside spaces.
In addition to this natural, heritage-rich landscape, we should mention the existence of wineries open to visitors, hotels, rural tourist houses, restaurants, leisure activities, museums and interpretation centres, wine shops and restaurants, specialised shops, tourist information services and others, as some of the main attractions in these lands.
Following the Ribeira Sacra Wine Route, we suggest here a selection of theme establishments where you can enjoy the culture of wine as well as its landscape, monuments, craftsmanship, traditions and people with your partner, family or friends, during a weekend getaway, a few days’ holiday or a long retreat.
It is wine that gives the Ribeira Sacra its meaning, with the riversides, the wineries, the grape harvest and the viticulturists. But wine also opens up a whole new world to be discovered: remote hamlets lost in time, wineries full of charm and wineries with state-of-the-art technology, traditional and experimental wine tastings, nights in dream accommodations, food and drink experiences in restaurants – always under the spell of direct contact with nature.
The Ribeira Sacra is a perfect area to be visited at any time of the year. Each season enhances the typical characteristics of this area. Spring brings us the green of the vine stocks covering entire hillsides, which put on their best green as spring gives way to summer. Autumn, harvest time, dresses the landscape in the reds and yellows of the leaves of each variety, and winter gives way to the stone that becomes apparent among the stocks.