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Characteristics of Luna Beberide Mencía
Luna Beberide is a red wine from the D.O Bierzo produced by the Luna Beberide winery. Like many of the wines from this region, this is a single variety wine made with the Mencía grape.
The climate in El Bierzo is ideal for the cultivation of vines, with mild temperatures, temperate and with a constant humidity that is ideal for a good maturation of the grape. The climate is not too dissimilar to that of Galicia, with with prominent rainfall, but also rather dry, more similar to that the Castilian regions.
The grapes for Luna Beberide grow on calcareous-clay soils on slopes situated at altitudes between 600 and 750 metres, with a south facing orientation. They are located close to the towns of Villafrance del Bierzo and Cacabelos. The harvest of the fruit is usually carried out later, allowing the fruit to achieve their optimum point of maturation towards the end of September. After the harvest has been carried out, the bunches for Luna Beberide ferment in stainless steel tanks. This wine is then bottled without being aged.
Luna Beberide produced their first wine back in 1996. Since then, their products have been characterized for their simplicity and quality. Regarding the environment, on the other hand presents spectacular landscapes, it is another of the elements that characterize the winery.
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".