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Galicia—misunderstood

By Julia van der Vink   March 2013

Geographically isolated from the rest of Spain by mountain ranges, and culturally isolated by its Celtic tradition, Galicia is one of Spain’s smallest and most unique winemaking zones. Galicians have a culture  entirely distinct from the rest of the country, from their language Gallego, which is similar to Portuguese, to their love of the bagpipes. But compared to the bold, colourful stereotypes of traditional Spanish culture, Galicia’s history of economic strife has supported its modest and dour image, and its reputation as Spain’s poor cousin.

Galicians have been pouring their wines locally for centuries but it was not until Spain…

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