Administratively, Bierzo belongs to the wide region of Castilla y Léon, well within the limits of the currency. However, its soil, subsoil, and climate, have much more to do with the Galicia region. In fact, relative humidity, rainfall, and relatively low temperatures are influenced by the Cantabrian Sea and the Atlantic. Thus, we have an average annual temperature of around 12º centigrade and rainfall of around 700 mm. The soil has a slime-like texture on slopes between altitudes of 450 to 800 meters. The stony is also important with a kind of shale called pizarras, mostly clayey. With almost three thousand hectares of vineyards, Mencia largely dominates red grape vineyards.
Priorato and Bierzo, similar in their constitution, transmit the typical minerality to wines. Climatic differences are imperative in the respective terroir differences.
Bierzo x Priorato
This is certainly the second biggest rivalry in Spain in terms of regions, after Rioja x Ribera del Duero, more classic and traditional. In this clash, only the consumer benefits from wines with great personality and very typical grapes, marking the respective terroirs with property.
Bierzo is in a valley like a cauldron, surrounded by mountains where some also have vineyards that are difficult to access, giving an imposing and spectacular view where no one is indifferent.
I personally recommend the Mencia which is the Rainha do Bierzo grape variety, but also the great white wines from the Godello grape variety, fantastic whites and with enormous personality, with freshness and excellent greasiness, easy to see how the market has adhered to these wines when we realize that the kilo of Godello grapes from this region can reach almost 5 euros.