A one-week tour of the most important areas of the five Galician designations of origin. We’ll visit stately pazos, architectural jewels, wineries, beautiful mountain spots and seafaring villages from the Rías Baixas to Santiago de Compostela and passing through inland Galicia.
Walk through vineyards at the shores of sea and river, on hillsides and in valleys, on mountains and in canyons; come and visit pazos, monasteries, churches, fortified Iron Age villages and fortresses. Savour Albariño, Treixadura, Mencía, Godello, Loureira, Caíño Branco, Brancellao... up to more than 20 varieties of native grapes, combined in just the right proportions in stately, rustic or cutting-edge wineries. Rest and allow yourself to be spoiled in buildings of great historical and artistic value, in the countryside or in the city.
The O Salnés Valley, in the heart of the Rías Baixas and protected by the Designation of Origin of the same name, will be our starting point.
SIts proximity to Galicia’s main roadway, the Atlantic Toll Motorway (AP-9), and its connection to the O Salnés Motorway (AG-41) provide it with excellent accessibility. Within the valley, and known as the “capital of Albariño”, is the town of Cambados. We recommend arriving early in the morning at this stately seafaring village, the former stronghold of a powerful Galician nobility.
Cambados offers accommodation in pazos, stately homes and country or hotel-based properties. But its flagship is the Parador do Pazo de Bazán, a stately eighteenth-century mansion, where De Gaulle himself once stayed. Its location right in the centre makes it easy for us to reach in just a few minutes the imposing Praza de Fefiñáns square, declared a Heritage Element of Cultural Interest, along with the sixteenth-century artistic complex located around it.
The impressive Pazo de Fefiñáns, whose winery we’re getting ready to visit, stands out noticeably. Our tour will not only be a meeting where technology embraces tradition in making these Albariños, but also a lesson in history, heraldry and art as we walk the rooms, corridors and halls of the pazo. We’ll be seduced by the lush nature enclosed within its walls, walking through its arbour-filled vineyards and its magnificent garden of native species and ancient boxwoods. We’ll conclude the tour with a tasting of some of their fine wines.
The area around Fefiñáns features restaurants where the famous seafood of the Arousa estuary can be accompanied with the “golden prince of wines”, as Cunqueiro called Albariño.
In the afternoon we suggest you continue to enjoy Cambados’ beautiful palatial architecture in the aristocratic district of Fefiñáns. Passing through the streets of its Old Town, we’ll reach the San Tomé neighbourhood, which has the most seafaring atmosphere in the village. We find the remains of the San Sadurniño Tower which, at high tide, seems to rise from the estuary.
To complete the visit, we suggest you go up to the town’s highest point and discover the Museo Etnográfico e do Viño (Ethnographic and Wine Museum), at the foot of the ruins of the Church of Santa Mariña Dozo, and watch the sunset from the nearby A Pastora viewpoint, which will give you a nice view of the O Salnés Valley and the Ría de Arousa.
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