Season 4, Episode 2
Rías Baixas, located in northwest Spain, produces one Vince's favorite white wines, Albariño! You’ll be blown away by the geographical diversity of this region that includes lush Celtic forests and jagged cliffs, rivers, and sea ports sprinkled with fisheries that produce some of the best seafood on the planet…just perfect for pairing with crisp, salient Albariño.
filmed October, 2021 | runtime 55 minutes
from the Rías Baixas Episode
BODEGAS MARTÍN CÓDAX
Martín Códax is one of the most well known wineries in the region for good reason; they make what I would say is quintessential Albariño; balanced between citrus, stone fruit, and salinity. This is a great place to start your journey into this grape!
MONTE SANTA TECLA
Not only is this an amazing spot to see Celtic ruins, but the views are breathtaking! You can see for miles! The Atlantic, the towns nearby, the Minho River, and Portugal, all from one peak.
Valmiñor produces a super floral, aromatic style of Albariño that is gorgeous. Ask nicely and I bet they'll take you in a ride in that old Land Rover just like we did in the episode! And don't forget to try their vermouth!
One of the oldest estates in Galicia, the name of this winery means "good daughter", which legend has it was who the estate was given to: the one "good" daughter of three. This winery is unique to the region because it is an estate winery and it is also warmer than others in the area, leading to richer, more tropical wines.
BOAT TO ONS ISLAND
Take a boat tour to see the mussel farms, or "bateas" as they're called, and then to Ons Island with Rutas Rías Baixas.
This is a great stop for both wine and conservas, or tinned fish. The family who owns it also owns a conservas company, and they sell the cans on property. The wines are totally unique, as they come in a few styles that are hard to find elsewhere, including older vintages and oak fermented!
Wow. What an experience this restaurant is. Come to splurge on a big night out with one of the best wine cellars in the country and Michelin level Galician dining from chef Pepe Solla.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
The final stop of the Camino de Santiago pilgramage, people come from all over Europe to admire this city and the church it's named after. After visiting the church (one of only 3 in the world said to contain the remains of an Apostle of Jesus) stay for the local tapas bars!