Spanish Wines from Regions You Need to Know - Bierzo

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BIERZO

Located in the North West of Spain, part of Castilla y Leon, twenty years ago this region's wines were largely moribund, producing light characterless wines for local consumption. A group of young winemakers revived the regions fortunes, focusing on the qualities of its two major grape varieties; Mencia, producing crunchy Pinot Noir-like wines capable of intense fruit and depth, and Godello, a high quality grape producing lovely mineral scented whites. Viniculture moved to the slate soiled valley slopes, away from the fertile valley floor, producing more complex and concentrated wines showing the quality of the two grapes.  

Our Bierzo wines are from Bodegas y Viñedos Merayo , an established family vineyard, with a  new generation at the helm. Even the entry level wine is made from 80+ year old vineyards. All vineyards are handpicked, gentle fruit handling in both the vineyard and winery, temperature controlled ferments and sensitive oak ageing in French and American oak are the hallmarks of the Merayo wines.

Bodegas y Viñedos Merayo, La Tres Filas Mencia, DO Bierzo, Spain - Powerful old vine Mencia, spicy and full flavoured that would go well with grilled meats. Decanter - Highly Recommended 90/100 (March 2019)

Bodegas y Vinedos Merayo, Godello, DO Bierzo, Spain - Complex and harmonious white, rich with mineral hints, ideal match for fish and shellfish