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.
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
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.
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