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INTRODUCTION

The Denomination of Origin BIERZO is situated in a distinct area west of the Province of Leon.  It occupies a tectonic depression surrounded by important mountainous formations (Mountains of Leon and Mountain chain of Cantabria), slightly open to the South West through the Sil Valley.  This provides a clear Atlantic influence with both Mediterranean and Atlantic climatic advantages:  smooth temperatures, abundant sunshine and a good water supply.

The vineyards occupy around 4,200 hectares of homogenous plots, most of which are found in the lower areas and hillside.

The depression, close to 400 metres in altitude, presents a basically plain relief which corresponds to the fosilized levels of the water terraces of the Sil river and its streams which cross and drain the area.  The edges of the depression are very auckward, where the vineyards reach altitude close to 800 metres.

The depression is covered by Miocenic and Quaternary sediments (mainly sand and clay), whilst the edges show highly exfoliated primary slate.

Out of the cultivated grape varieties, the Tinta Mencia occupies an outstanding position, both for its quality and its extension, followed by the Garnacha Tintorera and the white Palomino, Doña Blanca, Malvasia and Godello.

White, rose and red wines of marked personality are produced.

The Mencia reds, although young, are fruity and very tasty. Once they reach the required ageing, they acquire an elegant and complex bouquet, keeping their personal and fruity character.  On mouth they are remarkably balanced and smooth apart from showing great personality.


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