DO area for red wines and white wines in the north-west of the Spanish province of Ourense in(Galicia) near the Portuguese border The name means "shore land". To the north is Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous Christian places of pilgrimage, where the grave of the apostle James is said to be located. From several starting points in Europe, the place is the final destination of several pilgrimage routes; at the time of the wedding in the Middle Ages there were up to two million pilgrims annually. Already in the 16th century, wines were exported from here to Italy and England under the name Ribadavia (the main town of the area). These were mainly tostadillos (sweet wines). The technique of sulphurisation was already used at that time.