During the medieval times, the area of Ribeiro was without a doubt the most important wine growing region in Galicia.
The most important religious estates, as well as laic and royalty of the epoque, are all actively involved in this prosperous region: just like the documents that have been conserved all these years prove – the wealth and riches that the wine world had in medieval society.
The Monasteries, the Sistine and Benedictine orders settled in the Ribeiro. Coming from France and Germany where grape growing was much more advanced, they started winemaking as an important part of their income allowing the region to prosper economically again in the Middle Ages.
Just like that, the monasteries, cathedrals and military movements maintained their presence throughout centuries, exploiting the land heavily and leaving their mark in a rich and varied way. Creating a unique culture in relationship to the vines and generating some fantastic-looking architectural buildings: nearby monasteries like Melón, San Clodio, Oseira, Santo Domingo, Lobás o the Palace of Beade and Pazos de Arenteiro along with the ones further away like San Paio and San Martiño de Santiago, the ones at Carboeiro, Acibeiro, Sobrado, San Xusto de Toxos Outos and the cathedral buildings in Oursense and Santiago left their presence in form of art in the churches and in the wine world, terraces and farms built up like true, jewels of architecture preserved for centuries and now are a real claim to history through wine, not only in Galicia, but all over the Iberian Peninsula.