DO Rías Baixas
The Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin is a small wine-growing area located in the northwest of Spain, in the region of Galicia. Although in the Rías Baixas there is a deep winemaking tradition, which has been inherited generation after generation, it is from 1988, with the establishment of its Regulatory Council, when the wine sector acquires a fundamental weight in the development of the economy of this territory. One of the determining factors is the commitment to native varieties, specifically albariño, resistant to the adverse weather typical of this territory that confer genuine quality and origin to wines with a marked Atlantic character.
Conditioned by the own smallholding of Galicia, this Denomination of Origin currently has an area of 4,061 hectares, spread over more than 21,825 plots. The wise and expert hands of more than 5,550 vine growers in this area bet on traditional viticulture, characterized by the trellis, this unique system of conduction conditions that the work of pruning and harvesting must be done by hand.
The Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin is located especially in the province of Pontevedra and a small part in the province of A Coruña. It is also divided into five sub-areas Val do Salnés, O Rosal, Ribeira do Ulla, Condado do Tea and Soutomaior. The Val do Salnés area is expanded by the municipalities of Caldas de Reis, Cambados, O Grove, Meaño, Meis, Ribadumia, Sanxenxo, Vilanova de Arousa and Vilagarcía de Arousa, all of them from the province of Pontevedra. O Rosal has the municipalities of O Rosal and Tomiño, both from Pontevedra). Condado do Tea covers the municipalities of Salvaterra de Miño, As Neves, Arbo, Salceda de Caselas and A Cañiza, located in Pontevedra, as well as Soutomaior, which includes the Town Hall with the same name; while in Ribeira do Ulla it focuses on the municipality of Vedra, being the only area that encompasses the province of A Coruña.
The wine sector in Rías Baixas generates a total of 7,600 stable direct jobs in the area, and 5,200 temporary jobs in the busiest times. Thus, the Rías Baixas Designation of Origin contributes more than 7% of the direct jobs of the town councils in which it sits, a percentage that rises to 12% in the harvest season. Its incidence is especially relevant in the Salnés Valley, where more than 60% of the annual grape production and almost 70% of the wineries are concentrated.
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