Alvaredos-Hobbs lies within the heart of Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain, where the winding River Sil cuts through the verdant, rugged landscape. Here, the cool maritime influences from the nearby Atlantic Ocean meet the steeply terraced, sun-drenched vineyards of the Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras winegrowing regions that wind along the riverbank at up to 1,500 feet elevation.
The region’s mountainous terrain shelters the vineyards from the Galician rain, allowing for warmer diurnal temperatures and an extended growing season that particularly benefits native varieties such as godello and mencia.
Galicia is rich in history, with over 2,000 years of viticultural heritage beginning with the Romans who occupied the region and first planted vineyards along the south-facing slopes of the river. With the arrival of Christianity and the construction of the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, the winemaking traditions were passed on to the monks who inhabited the numerous Romanesque monasteries scattered across the region.