Castilla y Leon information
Designation of Origin Bierzo
The most important Red grapes: Mencía
White grapes: Doña Blanca y Godello
Others Red grapes: Garnacha
White grapes: Palomino
Types of wine Rosés, whites, young reds, Crianza reds, Reserva and Gran Reserva reds
The proximity of El Bierzo to Asturias and Galicia make it an area with its own characteristic vegetation, different to the rest of Castilla y León. It contains a microclimate where vineyards coexist with fruit trees, pastures and immense oak and chestnut forests.
The wines with Denominación de Origen Bierzo are founded on the grape variety, "mencía". This is the leading variety of this area, known as the "Volcán del Noroeste" (north-western volcano) of Spanish viticulture.
In the last few years, the red wines of El Bierzo have gained in quality and its young reds and rosés reach the market boasting excellent structure and aromatic components. White wines made from the "godello" and "doña blanca" grape varieties, though in smaller quantities, complete the range of wines, which also includes Crianza and Reserva reds, a category achieved by more and more reds from El Bierzo.