Bierzo DO

Bierzo DO Wine Area Map
Bierzo DO Temperature, Rainfall and Sunshine

Bierzo is located in the northwest of the region of Castilla and Leon; specifically in the province of Leon. It borders both Galicia and Asturias, with the western delimitation bordering the provinces of Orense and Lugo, and with Asturias to the north.

Geographically, the zone is ideally located between the coast and the interior, which has motivated the settlement of various towns and civilizations throughout history. The vineyards are strategically placed on terraces of relatively low inclination next to the rivers, on hillsides and on pronounced inclinations with an average height of between 450 and 1.000 meters. The semi humid climate and mild temperatures are prime for grapevine growing.

The production of the protected wines must be carried out with the exclusively recognized grapes: Red varieties, Mencía and Garnacha Tintorera; as well as white varieties such as the Godello, Doña Blanca, Palomino and Malvasía. Nearly the 75% of its production is elaborated with Mencía, exactly because of that reason one of its slogans is 'Bierzo, the land of Mencía'.
 

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Bierzo
Mencía, 1
24540 Cacabelos
León
Tel.: +34 987 549 408
comunicacion@crdobierzo.es
www.crdobierzo.es

Sources 

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Bierzo PDO

 

Nearly the 75% of its production is elaborated with Mencía.

Bierzo DO Consejo Regulador De La Denominacion De Origen
Bierzo DO Vineyards and Production
Vineyards
Area under vine

2,982.04 ha.

Altitude of vineyards

450-1,000 m.

Soil types

In higher alitudes quartzite and slate, and some granite and limestone. In lesser altitude clay, pebbles and alluvial materials.

Principal grapes (w)

Godello, Doña Blanca, Palomino and Malvasía.

Principal grapes (r)

Mencía and Garnacha Tintorera.

Production
Maximum crop

For Mencía, Godello, Doña Blanca and Malvasía11,000 kg/ha. For Garnacha Tintorera and Palomino 12.000 kg/ha

Yield

74 %

Production 2013

13,248,803 kg

Production 2014

13,174,451 kg

Production 2015

14,685,640 kg