The Albariño, Ribeiro, and Godello grape varieties are the best known and worked from wineries in Galicia, together with Caiño Blanco, a Galician obscurity, often mistaken for Albariño which reaches a high alcohol level of about 13-14º!
Wineries in Galicia cultivate red grape varieties in smaller quantities, grown only in warmer, sunnier regions, but they can be incredibly exciting. The best known are Mencía, Caiño Tinto and Espadeiro.
Galicia’s cool, maritime climate makes it more hospitable to white wines than reds. It is because very few red wine grapes are able to achieve full ripeness here, so wineries in Galicia produce mainly white wines, both varietals, and blends. Sparkling style wines have a tiny production, it is something wineries in Galicia experiment with the autochthonous grape varieties.