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Estuary "Ría de Arousa"

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Estuary "Ría de Pontevedra"

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Rías Baixas Wine Route

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Rías Baixas Wine Route

radition narrates that the farming of the vine en the Rías Baixas is due to the monks of the Cistercian monastery of Armenteira (Meis)...

Pontevedra

Pontevedra

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The Route of the Camellia

Camellias and wineries

This experience combines a visit to some of the most beautiful palatial and stately gardens in Galicia with a tour of the vineyards and wineries featuring a Designation of Origin.
On this trip, the wine will be paired with the excellent fish and shellfish of Galicia’s estuaries.

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  • Start: Cambados
  • End: Soutomaior
  • Days: 4
We suggest that you take part in a wine tourism experience combined with a visit to the finest stately and palatial gardens in Galicia.

In these spaces, the camellia blossoms shine with their own light, accompanied by other species – both native and exotic – of great botanical and aesthetic value, tended with loving dedication. During our journey, we’ll also be surrounded by gardens, orchards and vineyards, from whose grapes the excellent DO wines of Galicia are made.

More information...
- Pazo de Bazán. Teléfono: 986 542 250
- Etnographic and Wine Museum. Teléfono 986 526 119
- Adegas do Palacio de Fefiñanes. www.fefinanes.com
- Pazo de Rubiáns. www.pazoderubianes.com
- Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz. www.pazoquinteirodacruz.es
- A Saleta estate. Teléfono: 986 872 323
Castle of Soutomaiorwww.hotelpousadadelcastillo.com 
 

 

Route - Day 1º

Cambados, the cradle of Albariño wine

 

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Cambados, a stately fishing town, is located in the region of O Salnés in Pontevedra, in the Rías Baixas. It is an excellent starting point for this adventure which marries vineyard and garden. Getting here will be very easy thanks to the proximity of the Atlantic Motorway (AP-9) and other major roads.

We recommend arriving in the early afternoon, in time to get settled in at the hotel and begin to discover the area’s many delights. Accommodation on offer includes pazos, country and manor houses, as well as wineries that also offer accommodation. The flagship is the Pazo de Bazán, a seventeenth-century building, now converted into a stateowned hotel where General Charles De Gaulle once stayed. 
The pazo is centrally located opposite the Alameda da Calzada, where poplars and cottonwoods provide shade to the visitors during the “Festa do Viño Albariño”, held the first week of August and declared a National Tourist Event.
If your visit coincides with this event, you’ll see the place become a mass of people given over to good food, drink and talk in the stands installed by the winemakers. This is when they offer – at highly affordable prices – their best Albariños, which can be accompanied with excellent seafood right from the estuary.

The secrets of O Salnés wines

We suggest starting the afternoon off in the Museo Etnográfico e do Viño (Etnographic and Wine Museum), one of the first wine-focused museums founded in Spain.
From the Alameda da Calzada, we’ll follow a stretch of Avenida de Vilariño to its junction with the Rúa de San Francisco, and we’ll continue on this to where it intersects with Avenida da Pastora, which we’ll take to reach the museum. It is housed in a former sixteenth-century rectory called “Casa de Ricoy” and we’ll identify it by the big sign on its façade. Inside, we’ll discover the secrets of O Salnés wine and of the O Salnés wine and of the.

The ruins of Santa Mariña Dozo

A few steps away are the ruins of Santa Mariña Dozo, – declared a National Monument – where there is a cemetery described by Álvaro Cunqueiro as “the most melancholy cemetery”. As soon as you pass the gate that leads to what remains of this church, which is representative of the “maritime” Gothic style, you’ll understand why your visit is a must. The remains preserved of the stone walls still support arches which confront the sky uncovered, but are richly decorated with ball-shaped ornaments. The floor space is covered by many tombstones with crosses, sculptures and flowers decorating them, alongside rebellious shrubs that have taken strong root among the stones.
The hypotheses that speak of the partial destruction of the church in the nineteenth century mention an accidental or deliberately set fire due to clashes or the ongoing unrest of the time. The feelings of melancholy and romanticism that this place may inspire are stronger on cloudy days or, if sunny, when the sun moves lower across the Atlantic from the Monte da Pastora. When this happens, this setting becomes filled with beautiful plays of light between the arches, so it will be a great opportunity to take some lovely photos.

Wine in the Fefiñáns district

Once the visit is over, it’s a sure bet that it will be a good time for tasting some O Salnés Albariño wines. We suggest you return to the centre of Cambados and delve into the aristocratic neighbourhood of Fefiñáns until you reach the square of the same name. This formidable stone plaza is surrounded by an artistic ensemble built in the sixteenth century and declared a Heritage Element of Cultural Interest. It comprises the Church of San Benito, a watchtower/lookout called the Torre da Homenaxe (Keep), a beautiful baroque-style arch bridge, and the portentous Pazo de Fefiñáns, flanked by two circular balconies reminiscent of pulpits.

A visit to the Fefiñáns wine cellars

Since 1904, the oldest winery in the locality has been housed inside the Pazo de Fefiñáns Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes produces three different types of Albariño wine and pomace brandies. If we schedule it in advance, we can explore its various rooms used for fermentation, ageing and bottling, as well as see the production process in situ, together with winery staff, who will guide us and explain step-by-step how they make their wines, which we’ll have the opportunity to taste. In these history-steeped facilities, we’ll see how modern production technologies coexist in harmony with ageing wine in oak barrels and stored in an environment dominated by stone and wood.

The vineyard, the garden and the “magic” forest of the Pazo de Fefiñáns

Another attraction inside the walls of the pazo is its historical vineyard, the tour of which is organised by the Gil Armada Winery. It is possible to walk around the plantation guided by a winemaking expert, who will explain the particular qualities of this grape, how it is grown, its climate and its soil. She’ll then stay with us during the final tasting to help us identify aromas reminiscent of lemon, wet grass, wild rose or tropical fruits. A whole symphony of smells and tastes that can emanate from our wineglass.
At the end of the gardens – where these ancient vineyards are preserved – is the “magic” forest. The nickname is welldeserved, as it appears by surprise after passing through a corridor of trellised vines. As if by magic, we are within an impressive boxwood vault, surrounded by native species such as ancient chestnut and oak trees. We’ll also pay a visit to the garden, which – depending on the season – is invaded by different colours and scents, thanks to roses, peonies, lilacs, heliotropes, mock-oranges and lilies of the valley, to mention just a few.

Inside the pazo

The same winery also arranges tours of the rooms in the pazo, whose decor reflects the exquisite taste of nobility in towns and cities, removed from the peasant cultural universe. You will surely be amazed by items such as the lovely orientalmotif-inspired wallpaper in one of the lounges. It was an exotic indulgence brought back by the first Marquis of Figueroa from Russia, where he served as ambassador in the early nineteenth century.

Fish, seafood and Albariño wine

When we bid farewell to the wineries and their various spaces, it will be time for dinner. Fish and shellfish from the estuary, grilled or prepared with more or less sophisticated sauces and garnishes – even Albariño-wine-based – reign on the menus of local restaurants and tapas bars in the streets surrounding the Praza de Fefiñáns.
 
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