When acclaimed vintner Paul Hobbs arrived in Spain in 2015, he traveled to a remote village in the northwest region of Galicia. There, he met with Antonio Lopez, a local viticultor who introduced him to Alvaredos, a small town surrounded by mountains and vines planted on steep, terraced slopes. Together they explored the vineyards, smelled the soil, and quickly realized their mutual desire to unearth the potential held in these ancient sites and indigenous varieties. 

After a long drive together back to Madrid, a lifelong partnership was established. After nearly 20 years, Antonio fulfilled his ardent desire to pay tribute to the small village and his grandfather who introduced him to the land when he was a child. The project also represents a new opportunity for Paul to champion one of the oldest and forgotten corners of viticulture in Spain by honoring its unique history while playing a role in elevating the region for present and future generations.

“I remember going with him to the vineyards and watching him work. I particularly remember how much he worked and how different things were, all manual labor! He made what are now known as orange style wines, and would sell them to the taverns in Quiroga. In 1968 at age 11, I remember watching him plant a vineyard by hand, and it is one of my most cherished memories.” –  Antonio of his grandfather, Fructuoso Fernández Cao

REGION Galicia
APPELLATION(S) Ribeira Sacra DO, Valdeorras DO
PROPRIETORS Paul Hobbs, Antonio López Fernández

Galicia, Spain

Alvaredos-Hobbs lies within the heart of Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain, where the winding River Sil cuts through the verdant, rugged landscape. Here, the cool maritime influences from the nearby Atlantic Ocean meet the steeply terraced, sun-drenched vineyards of the Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras winegrowing regions that wind along the riverbank at up to 1,500 feet elevation. 

The region’s mountainous terrain shelters the vineyards from the Galician rain, allowing for warmer diurnal temperatures and an extended growing season that particularly benefits native varieties such as godello and mencia. 

Galicia is rich in history, with over 2,000 years of viticultural heritage beginning with the Romans who occupied the region and first planted vineyards along the south-facing slopes of the river. With the arrival of Christianity and the construction of the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, the winemaking traditions were passed on to the monks who inhabited the numerous Romanesque monasteries scattered across the region. 


The small hamlet of Alvaredos has a rich cultural heritage that is apparent in both its commitment to viticulture and its deep, spiritual roots. Since its founding, the area has been dedicated to agriculture, with the cultivation of grapes, chestnuts, and olives generating the main source of income and pride for the town.

The village i situated along the winter route of the legendary Camino de Santiago, the centuries-old pilgrimage route that leads to the shrine of Saint James the Apostle in the nearby city of Santiago de Compostela. This historic road runs directly by the front door of Alvaredos-Hobbs.