The godello grape
Godello (a.k.a. verdello) is another up-and-coming grape variety and one of our favorite whites, anywhere. Godello-based wines have the big fruit of albariño (peaches, citrus, apple), but with an even slightly greater level of acidity. While Galicia’s star albariño grape variety has become increasingly well-known internationally, godello continues to fall below most consumers’ radar screens; this has served to make godellos excellent values. The best are from Galicia’s Valdeorras and Monterrei DOs, as well as in Castilla y León’s Bierzo DO.
The Wines of Galicia, Spain
Galicia is one of our favorite regions in Spain, due in large part to its tremendous whites based on the albariño and godello varieties. Look to the excellent Rias Baixas DO for albariño and the Valdeorras DO for godello. However, red lovers need not despair: the mencía variety (similar stylistically to cabernet franc) produces high quality wines, with a rich, earthy character. The best mencías are from the Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras DOs.
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