What are the wines like?
The most widely grown grape, up to about 70% of vines, is the Mencia variety. The wines stand out for their response to ageing and characteristic velvety mouthfeel. The whites are clean and bright with a straw colour, soft tones and vibrant acidity. In turn, the rosé is lively, light, smooth, fruity and aromatic. Both young and old wines can be enjoyed on the trail, with and without barrel ageing.They offer a wide variety of fine wines, to meet the needs of any menu. The red wines are deep, fruity and elegant, with predominance of Tempranillo, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, and increasing presence of Syrah and Garnacha. The white wines are complex, expressive and persistent. The main varieties are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, Riesling and Macabeu. In general they are highly chromatic full-bodied wines, that improve when stored in bottles for a certain period of time.
What I can find
UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Las Médulas, a land shaped by mining in the Roman era.
Spots on Saint James’ Way where you can enjoy trips to vineyards and great wines to accompany tasty meals. The area is known for its producem such as Reineta apples, conference pears and Bierzo peppers A local sausage, botillo del Bierzo, is particularly well-known with many festivals (botilladas) based around it.
A full diary of popular food festivals throughout the year.
Amazingly beautiful natural areas such as the Sil Valley, the Aquilianos Hills or Sierra de los Ancares, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Hiking trails to enjoy the open air, such as ‘La Mirada Circular’ (the Circular view).
The National Energy Museum in Ponferrada
How to get here
Getting to El Bierzo is very easy by road on the A-6 motorway, connecting directly with Madrid and Galicia. In addition, there are trains to Barcelona, Madrid, León, Irún and the main cities in Galicia. The airport in the provincial capital, León, also has daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona. Visitors are recommended to use Santiago de Compostela international airport, located less than 250 kilometres from El Bierzo region for international connections.
The wineries and vineyards on the route are located in the area known as Bierzo country, to the north of the province of León (Castile and León). Some of the most representative spots include Ponferrada, Villafranca del Bierzo, Cacabelos, Carucedo, Carracedelo and Pieros. The world of wine is highly present in all these areas and visitors can enjoy trips to vineyards, tastings in restaurants, wine tastings and other wine-related activities.