Rias Baixas

Rías Baixas

Atlantic influence

Rías Baixas is the most important Denomination of Origin (DO) in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain.

The cool, damp climate is a result of the region's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean; however, there are varying micro-climates within the different designated sub-zones of the region.

Grape growing in Rías Baixas benefits from the Atlantic influence and a training system known as Parra. Vines grown “en parra” can attain the impressive length of 600 feet. This growing method offers ideal ripening conditions.

By far the finest white grape variety, Albariño accounts for 90% of all plantings in the Rías Baixas region of Spain. The grapes of Viña Zaco Albariño vineyards grow in Val do Salnés, one of the five sub-zones of Rías Baixas, just 150 meters above the sea level. The soils and climate offer the genuine characteristics of the Albariño varietal. This area is characterized by rocky terrains and alluvial plains with low water retention and high mineral presence.

Rias Baixas is about the Sea, fishing and Albariño - The region's greatest international insignia.

THE VARIETAL: ALBARIÑO

The Albariño Variety is the principal varietal of Rias Baixas, located in Galicia, North west of Spain, giving rise to one of the most popular white wines in the world. This grape is characterized by its intense, fruity aroma and its acidic taste, providing the wine with depth and a light, delicious flavor.

The Albariño Grapes grown at Rias Baixas mature quite well thanks to the warm spring and a dry time in summer. Temperatures, which are lower in August, slow the rate at which the grapes mature, helping to maintain the acidity which is typical of Viña Zaco Albariño.

The “Parra” used for Albariño growing is a unique training system. Vines grown “en parra” can attain the impressive length of 600 feet. This growing method offers ideal ripening conditions.

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