Rivers, Views and Vineyards

We are blessed to be living in a very beautiful area. Ribeira Sacra is land of rivers, vineyards, canyons and spectacular views hard to beat.

Wine-making region of Ribeira Sacra
Wine-making region of Ribeira Sacra

Just today we’ve been saying that we bought our delapidated 400-year old farmhouse primarily for its stunning views. At 500 metres altitude, we can see green fields and pastures of Lemos valley and snow peaks of the mountains further afield from our windows.

Vineyard in the autumn
View from Casas 15

Both Sil and Minho rivers are within minutes drive from us, and on their incredibly steep riverbanks endless terraces of vines stretch for miles. Angled at 45 – 60 degrees, vine terraces of these canyons are accessible mainly by hand, with the grapes being carried on pickers’ backs to the top of the gorge, earning local viticulture the name of viticultura heroica (heroic viticulture) .

Abadia do Cova's vineyards are within 10min reach from us
Abadia do Cova’s vineyards are within 10min reach from us
Vineyrds of well-known bodega Regina Viarum
Vineyrds of well-known bodega Regina Viarum

Numerous bodegas (wineries or adegas in Galician) offer vineyard tours, wine tastings and one can even participate in grape picking during harvest.

Vines terraces on river banks of Ribeira Sacra
Vines terraces on river banks of Ribeira Sacra

Ribeira Sacra producing award-winning red and white wines and some ingenious Galician liquors. In Monforte de Lemos – capital of Ribeira Sacra – centre of wine sells most of produce.

Wine museum in Monforte de Lemos
Wine museum in Monforte de Lemos

We can’t wait to be able to welcome visitors to our Casas 15 when we finish the renovation and introduce this magnificent part of the world to those who have never been. Hasta pronto, amigos!

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