Monterrei Designation of Origin is located to the southeast of Ourense. It is comprised of Castrelo do Val, Monterrei, Oímbra, Riós, Verín, and Vilardevós, establishing two distinct sub-zones: Valle de Monterrei and Ladera de Monterrei.
We find ourselves in a territory that has been strongly linked to wine production for 2,000 years. Strategically, it was the gateway to vine growing in Galicia. Proof of this are the findings in the area, such as the agricultural town of A Muradella in Mourazos (Verín), where the sculpture group “Dionysos and Ampelos” was found, which is now kept in the Archaeological Museum of Ourense.
In terms of the climate, this denomination belongs to the Duero river basin, and therefore has a temperate Mediterranean microclimate with a continental influence, with hot, dry summers, and cold winters. There are three types of soil: slate, sand, and clay. The protected varieties are: preferential (Godello, Treixadura, Doña Blanca, Mencía, and Merenzao) and authorised (Araúxa, Sousón, Caíño Tinto, Albariño, Blanca de Monterrei, Loureira, and Caíño Blanco).