Valdeorras is Galicia's most inland wine area. To the east it borders Bierzo, the westernmost wine region in Léon. The climate is therefore partly Atlantic and partly continental. It is a region where wine has been made since Roman times. Gold mining was originally its most important economic sector – Valdeorras means 'valley of gold' – but over the centuries viticulture grew in importance, in part under the influence of the monastic orders which played a major role in the cultivation of grapes and the production of wine, as was so often the case.
After a long, relatively 'quiet' period, more and better wines are made here today, mostly from Godello and to a lesser extent Mencia. Other grape varieties have recently started to make modest inroads: Garnacha Tintorera, Merenzao, Maria Ardona, Lado and even Riesling.