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Cacabelos Wine Region, Spain

Are You Aware of the Wines from Cacabelos?

Cacabelos, which is a small village in the province of Castile and León, is well known among the wine lovers from across the globe for its wines.

Are you still not aware of the wines from Cacabelos?

Then, I would say you have missed tasting the exotic wines from this region.

Cacabelos, Spain

Are You Aware of the Wines from Cacabelos?

Cacabelos, which is a small village in the province of Castile and León, is well known among the wine lovers from across the globe for its wines.

Are you still not aware of the wines from Cacabelos?

Then, I would say you have missed tasting the exotic wines from this region.

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Wine grape varieties

This is a place which is worth to be visited by all the wine lovers in order to enjoy some of the great-tasting wines and also for taking a tour to the extraordinary vineyards of Cacabelos.

Are you excited to know more about Cacabelos and its wines?

Vineyards in Cacabelos, Spain

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Cacabelos and El Bierzo

The wine business is the main concentration of the Cacabelos village whose population is just around 5,498.

We can see that Cacabelos is surrounded on all sides by vineyards. Such is the importance of vines and wines in this region.

You might have heard about El Bierzo in the province of Castile and León when you are searching for some great wines.

Our Cacabelos is located in this region only. We can say that Cacabelos is both the heart and soul of El Bierzo.

Therefore, rather seeing the wines from Cacabelos alone, I think, it would be fair enough to know about the wines from the whole El Bierzo.

El Bierzo as a Wine Region

Located on the northwestern side of Castile and León, the viticultural area of El Bierzo can be divided into two parts:

Bierzo Alto

This, which is otherwise known as ‘high Bierzo’, is a mineral-rich, mountainous terrain, wherein we can see the terraced vineyards having sewn into the mountain slopes.

Bierzo Bajo

This is otherwise called as ‘low Bierzo’ and is representing the broader, verdant plains of Bierzo.

The El Bierzo wine region got its DO status during the 1989 and covers almost 3,000 square kilometers including our Cacabelos.

On the whole, Bierzo DO is covering a total of 23 municipalities.

Topography of El Bierzo and Wine Grape Cultivation

The proximity of this region to the giant Atlantic Ocean is found to have a great effect on the El Bierzo’s climatic conditions.

The climatic conditions along with the presence of Cantábrica mountain range are providing the perfect atmosphere for the growth of wine grapes especially the Mencia grape variety.

Here, this grape is able to achieve its optimum ripeness which is much-needed for the production of fruity, denser red wines.

Apart from climatic conditions and mountain range, there is another important factor which could affect the quality of wine grapes.

In El Bierzo, the nature of soils is found to be differing from that of other Castile and León regions.

Here, the soil is more often found to be containing slate and granite thus favouring the growth of Mencia grapes.

Due to these special characteristics, the wines that are being produced in Cacabelos are found to have distinct mineral characters.

Also, the Cacabelos will have lower alcohol content and hence found to be more refreshing than many other wines from Castile and León.

Bierzo DO – Authorized Grape Varieties

As mentioned above, Mencia is the important grape variety that is found to be used in the production of several types of wines in Bierzo.

Apart from Mencia, the grape varieties that are allowed to be used in the wine production are:

  • Alicante Bouschet (Garnacha Tintorera)
  • Doña Blanca
  • Godello
  • Palomino

Besides these, some experimental grape varieties are also allowed to be used for the production of crianza and reserve wines.

They are:

  • Tempranillo
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Malvasía
  • Chardonnay
  • Gewürztraminer

It is to be noted that these experimental grape varieties should not contribute more than 15% of the wines produced.

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Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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