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Bierzo

Bierzo is a mountainous region inland from Galicia towards the Meseta Central.  It is warmer than Galicia, but still benefits from the maritime influence to cool the vineyards.  The main red grape is Mencia, and the best come from steep shist slopes and are well tented to in order to produce aromatic, with lots of concentrated fruit and intensity balanced by naturally high acidity and good tannic grip.  The white grape here is Godello, it is capable of producing very fine wines; ranging from lean and clean minerally whites to richer barrel fermented or oaked versions.  MW Jancis Robinson has said that “Godello combines the structure of white burgundy with the finesse of a juicily mineral grape”. 

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