Cacabelos (Castile-Leon)

Cacabelos (Castile-Leon)

Average Summer temp. : 20.8 ºC
Average Winter temp.: 5.7 ºC
Average rainfall: 652 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,200 hours annually

Bierzo DO

Bierzo is located in the northeast of the region of Castilla and Leon; specifically in the province of Leon. It borders both Galicia and Asturias, with the northeastern 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
Tel.: +34 987 549 408

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Bierzo PDO

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.
Maximum crop
For Mencía, Godello, Doña Blanca and Malvasía11,000 kg/ha. For Garnacha Tintorera and Palomino 12.000 kg/ha
74 %
Production 2013
13,248,803 kg
Production 2014
13,174,451 kg
Production 2015
14,685,640 kg