Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz is situated in the parish of Lois, in Ribadumia, in the heart of the Salnés valley.
About the estate…
Dating from the 18th century, this manor house is a splendid example of Galician neoclassical architecture. The estate has several romantic elements: stone fountains, shady bowers, gardens, statues and sundials.
It also has two ‘cruceiros’ (stone crosses), of which the one by the house is the most outstanding; a 15-metre-long large 18th-century stone “horreo” (raised granary) and another 19th-century one, of stone and wood, mounted above a small pond reached by a double stone staircase of the same era; a 16th-century chapel; a baptismal font from the late 12th century; a crenellated dovecote and a washing place, which all evoke a romantic atmosphere without losing that intensely Galician character.
There is a winery where Albariño wine from estate-grown grapes is produced and sold under the name “Quinteiro da Cruz”, D.O. Rías Baixas, It has an outbuilding, with a portico of stone columns, in which there is a traditional Galician stone hearth, a wine press and farming implements (catalogued in the registers of European wine-making cultural heritage and Galician cultural and artistic heritage). The estate now offers excellent facilities in an incomparable setting, perfect for the organization of all kinds of events: weddings, meetings, and conferences, etc.
The Galician pazos, or manor houses, are one of the most striking and outstanding buildings in the history of Spanish civil architecture. Their link to popular culture is indisputable, as attested by the many legends, stories and poetry that have converted these pazos over time into the focal point of the rural environment in which they stand, largely fulfilling the role of rural villas in European architecture.
The pazo is the only Baroque element that stands out in the simple rural Galician landscape. These manor houses are symbols of a rural society that prevailed for almost four hundred years, from the 16th century until well into the 19th century, when the old-style nobility that occupied them moved to cities in search of a more modern life-style.
The layout of a pazo and its unique ability to embrace nature within its architectural limits makes it an ideal cultural and tourist destination. The visitor is transported into a natural environment where water plays a leading role, and a deeper knowledge of the Galician people’s historical roots can be discovered.
The pazos and their gardens are works of art in their own right and transmit culture, sensitivity and a warm welcome.
Pazo Quinteiro da Cruz is surrounded by beautiful gardens in which species of great botanical and ornamental interest flourish. It has camellia plantations, woodland, and vineyards planted with Albariño variety vines.
On the 7-hectare estate stand the manor house and the winery where Albariño wine is produced from estate-grown grapes, and sold under the “Quinteiro da Cruz” D.O. Rías Baixas label. The outbuilding, with its portico of stone columns, contains a traditional Galician stone hearth, a wine press and farming implements that have been catalogued in the registers of European wine-making cultural heritage and Galician cultural and artistic heritage. There are also two stone raised granaries and a stone cross from the 18th century, a dovecote, a chapel and ornamental fountains.
The most noteworthy part of the estate is its garden, densely planted with exotic species and more than one thousand varieties of camellia. Of great botanical interest, this landscaped area has merited the Golden Camellia Award of HRH Queen Sofía of Spain on several occasions.
These grounds were the site of the closing ceremonies of the First Congress of Galician Poetry and the European Seminar on the European Wine-Making Heritage Inventory PATRIVIT. The reform of the present Galician Statute of Autonomy was also conceived here.
A number of culturally-important figures from the spheres of art and science have visited the gardens of Quinteiro da Cruz. Writers, like Manuel María ( who dedicated beautiful sonnets to it), Uxío Novoneyra, Bernadino Graña, Filgueira Valverde, Camilo José Cela, Alfredo Conde, Nélida Piñón; painters, like Laxeiro, Ruibal, Conde Corbal, Xurxo Alonso, Chaves, Miguel Piñeiro; scientists, like Santiago Grisolía and Gregorio Varela; the film director Garci, the sculptor Ramón Conde, etc.
The house and grounds have served as the location for scenes and episodes of television programmes, e.g. Historias de Galicia, and the shooting of film scenes.