Ribera Sacra. Sacred River. #5

Posted by Francisco Romero (Leon, Spain) on 27 April 2015 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

It is called this way because of the profusion of monasteries located in these slopes that date back to Early Middle Ages. The Romans brought the wine and the chestnuts, which was typical of them. The monks kept these economics means alive during the intervening centuries. Nowadays, it is a spectacular place where the vineyards drop onto the river sometimes almost vertically and need a railway for the grapes to be carried up to the cellar. The wines currently enjoy prestige. They are not cheap but the orographic difficulties are enormous.
The photographs were taken during a trip in June, 2007. It will be the theme for the next days. Hope you enjoy the visit. It is one hidden treasure of Spain.
Ther river is the Sil, born in Leon. One side of the river belongs to the province of Lugo and the other to the province of Orense. Galicia, Spain.

 

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