D.O. Rias Baixas is quite a young appellation which has come a long way in a short time. Prior to the 1980s, grape cultivation had all but disappeared from this area, and mainly kiwis were grown here instead. The climate lends itself exceptionally well to this with warm days with lots of sun and a rain cloud nearly every day. From the mid 1980s a real change took place and this area was awarded the appellation of D.O. for wines made in the Provinces of Pontevedra and the south of Coruña, both in Galicia. The wine region comprises five subzones, the three most important of which are Condado do Tea, O Rosal and Val do Salnés.
Albariño is the most important white grape of the region and makes up nearly 90% of the vineyards. The subsoil consists predominantly of granite and crushed granite. As a result, they make nice, dry, white wines with a light saline touch. As well as Albariño there are another ten sorts of grapes, four white and six black.