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Characteristics of Luna Beberide Art
Luna Beberide Art is a red wine from the D.O Bierzo produced by the Luna Beberide winery. This is a single variety wine made with the Mencía grape, a variety widely associated with the region.
The grapes used to make this wine come from old vines (around 60 years old), grown in Cacabelos and Villafranca. The vineyards are situated at around 700-900 metres above sea level with a south facing orientation. The soils are calcareous clay. The harvest is usually carried out late, to ensure that the grapes are picked at their optimum point of maturation, usually at the end of September or the beginning of October.
Luna Beberide Art undergoes the vinification process following traditional methods, taking advantage of the experience and heritage of the Bierzo region. The winemaking process finishes with a large ageing period, which lasts for 18 months and occurs in French oak barrels.
Luna Beberide produced their wine during the 1996 vintage. The winery is characterised by their simplicity and pursuit for the highest quality, specialising like many other wineries in El Biezo, in the cultivation of Mencía.
A vintage where the Atlantic climate has ruled over the continental. The lightness of this type of climate, together with the perfect sanitary condition of the vineyard, has given rise to an excellent vintage from this area.
The year began with typical temperate and rainy winter weather. What differentiated the year was the intense rains that fell between the months of April and May, conditioning the vegetative development of the vine. The summer was then noticeable for being warm and dry, the perfect combination for the perfect grape.
In recent years, winemakers and developers have settled in the DO Bierzo with very plausible innovative ideas, investing heavily in local wineries, resulting in the production of personal and unique wines. There is no doubt that El Bierzo has become a trendy and cool D.O, aided by the spicy, delicate and velvety Mencia grape, whose character and great capacity of expression of terroir is undoubtedly the regions best asset. Even many compare it to the Pinot Noir, which together with the small scale style of production and topography of its vineyards, the traditional form of the Burgundian bottle used, and the original use of the names of towns and places in their best wines, resulted in this wine region being given the nickname of "little Spanish burgundy".