As with all within the region called Rivoyra Sacrata, now known as Ribeira Sacra, the close relationship
between the landscape, monasteries and the cultivation of the vine creates one of the most famous wines of
Galicia. In Celtic and Roman times these wines were known as the liquid gold of the river Sil. On its river
bank of which 'Verdes Matas' was born; a name given to the tradition where the local people, when drinking
a glass of wine, used to say:
"wine of Verdes Matas / you raise me you kill me / you bend me towards the women / do with me what you will...".
During the centuries of splendid monasteries, this wine became one of the foundations of the medieval
economy of Galicia, as well as a major player of the intense river traffic sailing the spectacular banks of the
river Sil to Portus Polumbaris (Puerto Pombeiro). Currently, the land of Amandi of Pombeiro around
Amandi, Pombeiro remain home to one of the flagship wines of Galicia.