Glass of wine
The Bierzo Wine Route offers quality wines with a distinct character thanks to the geographical location and the particularities of the land, protecting it from adverse climate conditions. It is a great chance to discover wine tasting secrets and properly experience wine culture with visits to wineries and vineyards.
Wineries on the route.
- >Bodegas y Viñedos Castro Ventosa
- >Pérez Caramés
- >Losada Vinos de Finca
- >Bodegas y Viñedos Luna Beberide
- >Prada a Tope
- >Dominio de Tares
- >Cafetería La Térmica
- >Ribas del Cúa
- >Viñas del Bierzo
- >Bodega Alberto Ledo
What are the wines like?
The most widely grown grape, up to about 70% of vines, is the Mencia. The wines stand out for their ageing and characteristic velvety palette. The whites are clean and bright with a straw colour, soft tones and vibrant acidity. In turn, the rosé is lively, light, gentle, fruity and aromatic. Both young and old wines can be enjoyed on the trail, with and without vintage. They offer a wide variety of fine wines, fit for the best menus: The red wines are deep, fruity and elegant, with predominance of Tempranillo, Cabernet, Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, and increasing presence of Sirah 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 will I find?
Landscapes declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO such as Las Médulas, a land shaped by mining in the Roman era. Spots where the Saint James' Ways passes and where you can enjoy trips to vineyards and great wines to accompany tasty meals. The local produce such as the Reineta apple, the conference pear or the Bierzo pepper stands out The botillo del Bierzo sausage 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 Los Ancares Sierra, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Hiking trails to enjoy the open air such as the so-called ‘La Mirada Circular' or ‘Circular Gaze'. The National Energy Museum in Ponferrada.
How to get there
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.