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Wines and Liqueurs



León is also a land of vineyards from time immemorial. Regarding El Bierzo, around 2000 years ago Pliny the Elder and Strabo already referred to the existence of vineyards in the area. The vineyards from El Bierzo skyrocketed in the medieval monasteries. With time, production grew in popularity and quantity, becoming one of the mainstays of the local economy. The grape used is Mencía, for red wines, and Doña Blanca and Godello for white wines. References to another vineyard area of León, which encompasses the river banks of Esla and Cea rivers, date back to the 11th century, with news about the harvests that supplied the monasteries in Sahagún. The particularity of this land, and what makes it different from other wine-making territories in the world, is its native grape Prieto Picudo. Both El Bierzo and Esla-Cea have the Designation of Origin Denominación de Origen Bierzo and Denominación de Origen Vino Tierra de León.


Liqueurs, aguardientes and orujos are the outcome of natural distillery, and round up a good meal with their presence. There are many and good liqueurs all over the province, with a home-made tradition that generation after generation has polished and improved the product.

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Industrias vinícolas


Winemaking industry: For the last ten years, the winemaking industries from El Bierzo have experienced an impressive modernization, producing wines better and better quality wines every year. Current Bierzo wines are at the level of the most prestigious designations of origin within the country, and are trying their best to make a name for themselves in international markets.