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Characteristics of Luna Beberide Finca la Cuesta
Luna Beberide Finca la Cuesta 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 variety.
The grapes used to produce this wine come from estates situated in the municipality of Villafranca del Bierzo. The 80 hectares of vineyards used are over 60 years old and grow on calcareous clay and slate soils, which sit on bedrock. The area is home to an Atlantic and continental climate, characterised by a strong thermal contrast between day and night, as well as strong insolation and frequent rainfall during the months of spring and autumn.
Luna Beberide Finca la Cuesta is made using traditional winemaking methods and techniques, drawing on the years of the regions experience in the industry. After being aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, the wine is bottled without being filtered.
A specialist with the Mencía grape, the Luna Beberide winery bases their work philosophy on two main pillars: simplicity and quality. The winery was founded back in 1996 and is surrounded by an imposing natural landscape.
Serve at 16ºC
Stews, White roasted meat, Roasted red meats, Deer
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".
Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide are the surnames of Alejandro and Merche, the results of the initiative that their parents had more than thirty years ago in El Bierzo. The choose to use the local varieties Godello and Mencía from vineyards facing south, on the hillsides of the valley of El Bierzo. They are located at a moderate altitude, on clayey soils that mark the fruitiness of the Mencía, while the clayey-calcareous soils provide complexity. At 800 metres, the slate gives heterogeneity and minerality to these wines that are fresh and elegant. But it is also an experimental winery, where they work will all kinds of white and red foreign varieties to study their behaviour in the climate and on the different soils of El Bierzo.