Grape varieties

Thel Bierzo is a fertile land where different grape varieties adapted to the characteristics of soils and climate. 

The Bierzo Designation of Origin's wines must elaborated exclusively with the following varieties: Mencía, Garnacha tintorera, Godello, Doña blanca and Palomino.

Mencía

Mencía

Bierzo's main red grape and represents 74.5% of the grapes grown in the production area. 

Not much yield, early budding and early ripening. The cluster is small and compact. Berries of medium size, uniform and blue-black color. The pulp pigmentation is not colored.

Garnacha tintorera

Garnacha tintorera

Bierzo's red grape and represents 2% of the grapes grown in the production area. It is also known as Alicante bouschet. 

Not much yield, early budding and half early ripening . The bunch is large and moderatly compact. Berries of medium size, uniform and blue-black color.The pulp pigmentation is strong and has a reddish color.

Godello

Godello

White variety adapted to the soil and slopes of Bierzo. Represents 4% of the grapes grown in the production area. 

Not much yield, early budding and early ripening. The bunch is small sized and compact. Berries are yellow-green color, small and uniforms. The pulp pigmentation is absent or very weak.

Doña blanca

Doña blanca

White variety. Represents 2.4% of the grapes grown in the production area. It is also known as Valencia. 

Good yield, late middle budding and early ripening. The bunch is medium size and compact. Berries are yellow-green color, medium and uniforms. The pulp pigmentation is absent or very weak.

Palomino

Palomino

White variety. Represents 17% of the grapes grown in the production area. Also known as Jerez or Listán. 

High yield, middle budding and ripening. The bunch is medium large size and compact. Berries are yellow-green color, medium and uniforms. The pulp pigmentation is not colored.

Malvasía

Malvasía

White variety. Represents 0.1% grapes grown in the production area. 

Not much vigor, early budding and early ripening. The bunch is medium size and medium compact. Berries are yellow-green color, medium and uniforms. The pulp pigmentation is not colored.