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One of the 17 autonomous regions Spain (Spanish Galicia) and historic landscape of some 30,000 square kilometers in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula along the Atlantic coast. In the south it borders on Portugal and the east region includes the Basque country on both belong to the so-called "Green Spain". Native to the west were the Celts (Gauls of Galicians =) and the Basques in the east. In the 5th Century the Germanic Suevi invaded and conquered it in 585 the Visigoths. After liberation from the Moors in the 8th-rule Century, it belonged first to the kingdom of Asturias, LeÃ³n and Castile later. At the time of the independent kingdom of Asturias, Santiago de Compostela - the end point of the famous pilgrimage route - the capital city. It is intersected by many rivers, mountainous country with many valleys, so it is also known as the "land of the 1000 rivers".
The climate of mild winters, warm summers and moderately marked high rainfall. The area is one of the wettest areas in Spain. In connection with the many sunny days there is an excellent vineyards and wine was from there in the 14th Century in many European countries exported. By high mountains of the region separately an isolated development has taken place, which is also influenced by Portugal. The most important grape is the white AlbariÃ±o . The vineyards are mainly in the south, near the Portuguese border. The classified section is DO Monterrei , Rias Baixas , Ribeira Sacra , Ribeiro and Valdeorras .