The Atlantic Ocean, pine forests lining hills that overlook fjord-like inlets, vines trained on pergolas and light, fresh, aromatic wines to complement the finest array of seafood. Welcome to Galicia, green Spain and the home of the country’s most sought-after quality wine: Albariño from the DO of coastal Rías Baixas.
This DO is still barely out of its teens, yet no upmarket restaurateur in Madrid would exclude an Albariño from its list, especially if a range of fish is offered. The local markets of Galicia feature a vast choice including highly prized percebes (goose barnacles), octopus, oysters, prawns, every variety of squid, bream and sea bass which go perfectly with Albariño wines.
Albariño wines do not come cheap for various reasons. The region’s producers, known as adegas, tend to be small and only bottled wines are permitted according to DO regulations to encourage producers to focus on quality.