Luna Beberide Bierzo DO
Above: The rugged landscape of Bierzo (Spain), one of Europe’s last undiscovered wine countries.
Bierzo is not an appellation on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
The first written reference to this region is credited to Pliny the Elder. Today, after a Medieval rise in prominence followed by a catastrophic phylloxera infestation, Bierzo has risen once again on the backs of its native grape, Mencia.
Long thought to have been at least related to Cabernet Franc, recent ampelographical studies have proven it to be identical, instead, to Portugal’s Jaen du Dao.
So what does all of this mean? It means that we have a little gem on our hands.
Luna Beberide is a powerful example of Mencia’s potential. When grown on older vines in appropriate soil (such as that found in this Northwestern region of Spain), Mencia jumps out of the glass with herbal aromas of dark fruit, earth, and exotic spice.
It may not be a wine you’ve been talking about, but once it’s on the tip of your tongue, you’ll be begging for more.