Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Bierzo Consejo Regulador de la Denominación de Origen Bierzo

The Bierzo

The Bierzo is a natural region located in the northwest of the Spanish province of León, in the Castile and León. With 2954.28 km2, covering 18% of the provincial area. Geographically it borders the provinces of Orense, Lugo, Asturias and the following areas of Leon: La Montaña (Murias de Paredes and Laciana), Cabrera and La Meseta, thus being a transition zone between Galicia, León and Asturias.

The area of wines ​​production under this designation of Origin is located in the municipalities that the Regulator Board considers suitable for grape growth. The Bierzo is a set of small valleys in a mountain area and a wide flat depression, ´el bajo Bierzo´, that will shape the types of crops.

The Bierzo has a very special microclimate, very suitable to the crops in the area. A soft climate, rather mild regulated by a certain humidity, all of this is undoubtedly due to the Bierzo is situated in a valley. It climate similar to the Galician as far as moisture is concerned and on the other hand is dry as the Castile climate, which makes it very distinctive keeping a water balance to which another advantage is added, the Bierzos low altitude generally prevents late frosts which is quite benign to vintage that is normally about one month ahead of the rest of Castile.

In addition to an emerging rural tourism based on the beauty of its natural landscape as Ancares, or by the man as Las Médulas, a gold mine by the Romans and now declared a World Heritage Site; and the Camino de Santiago. In The Bierzo visitors can find some of the most important examples of Moorish art as the church of Santiago de Peñalba and Santo Tomás de las Ollas. We also find among its extensive artistic heritage important examples of all artistic periods like Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, ...