El Bierzo

El Bierzo

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Even the air of El Bierzo tastes of wine. Its geography and microclimate make this county a privileged place for growing grapes. Wine is all around in the delicate work of the vineyards. Its aromas can be savoured and perceived in the wineries, livening up the parties, lunchtimes and spirit of a region traditionally linked to the culture of wine.

 

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El Bierzo, an ideal place for vineyards.

El Bierzo is an ideal place for vineyards. The valley where its vines grow lies on a gentle slope down from the pines of the encircling mountains which protects it from any inclement Atlantic winds. Its protected wine production uses only authorised varieties. Mencia is the main red variety and Doña Blanca and Godello the whites.

But here the grape par excellence is Mencía, producing excellent reds and grown in 70% of the vineyards. This variety produces small, compact bunches of middle-sized, ellipsoid grapes with a regular cross-section and thick skin. Reds made from Mencía are outstanding for their capacity for ageing, with a characteristic velvety palate, without detracting from the excellent conditions this variety brings to the production of young reds. The rosés are aromatic, fruity, lively, light and soft. The whites, clean and bright with straw colouring, sweet tones and lively acidity.