Wine
Cangas Quality Wine

Asturias produces quality wine. Asturias' high-mountain vineyards boast the Cangas Quality Wine designation and are located in the southwestern part of the region, in the boroughs of Cangas del Narcea, Allande, Grandas de Salime, Illano, Pesoz, Ibias and Tineo.

Wine culture in Asturias
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The winegrowing and winemaking tradition of southwestern Asturias goes back to the Middle Ages, around the 9th century, with the rise of the first monasteries, which exploited the available soil for growing grapes in an area where the arable land was terraced into the mountainsides, ideal for receiving abundant sunlight. The mild climate of the area led to the high-mountain vineyards being concentrated in this part of Asturias, coinciding with the deep valleys of the Rivers Navia and Narcea. And so, with Corias Monastery as one of its main centres of reference, this wine culture has been passed down to us today, the tradition being strengthened in recent decades and acquiring a winemaking brand on the Spanish wine scene. The wines and wineries with tastings and visits, the Wine Harvest Festival –a listed Tourist Interest Festivity, the Wine Museum in Santiso, etc. constitute the tangible heritage of wine culture in Asturias.

PDO Wines
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The wineries producing "Vinos de Calidad de Cangas" PDO wines include:

Bodegas Anton Chicote: Antonio Álvarez is the son, grandson and great-grandson of winemakers. The tradition of caring for the vineyards goes so far back in the family that its beginnings are unknown. Antonio has cared for his father's old vineyards, renewed them, gradually acquired new plots and built a small winery in a privileged area of ​​Cangas del Narcea called La Galiana. Antonio Álvarez leads the work in the vineyards and in the cellar and understands this project in which his wine and his life are inseparable. His friendly, open and entrepreneurial nature has led to his wine becoming well-known and means that visits to the winery constitute not just a tour, but also a chance to become acquainted with the culture and tradition of winemaking in Cangas.

Glass of white wine and

Vinos La Muriella: Vicente Fernández left his hometown of Aller to travel to Cangas del Narcea with his brother, a miner. There, in the 1960s, he became fascinated with mountain vineyards and no longer wanted to devote his time to anything else. Vicente has struggled hard for decades and now sees the light on the horizon with Cangas Quality Wine and its PDO. With the invaluable help of his son, he is slowly but surely specializing in the making of family wines. Most notable among these are his Muriella red, made by the ancient artisan method of Cangas del Narcea with Carrasquín, Albarín Negro and Mencía grape varieties, which is characterized by its fresh, fruity flavour, suitable for accompanying meat, and his Muriella white, made with Albillo and Albarín Blanco grape varieties, more suitable for accompanying fish.

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Bodegas Monasterio de CoriasAfter many years of neglect, this winery has recovered the Benedictine tradition of winemaking in their monasteries at the hands of local agronomist from Cangas, Juan Manuel Redondo, and Victor Álvarez, also from Asturias, who is in charge of marketing and sales. They embarked on this adventure of recovering Benedictine winemaking know-how back in 2000 and have since continued to relentlessly innovate and create, picking their grapes in local vineyards and making the wines in the monastic winery of the Monastery of St John the Baptist in Corias, a magnificent building founded by the Benedictines in the 11th century. The modern facilities and equipment, coupled with perfect environmental conditions, enable their wines to be made with painstaking care.

Enjoying a meal with wine at a restaurant close the Cantabrian Sea

Bodega Chacón Buelta: Founded in 2000 and located in the village of Cerredo (Degaña), it pioneered the creation of the Regulatory Council together with a group of both new and old wineries. After nearly three decades of activity, it boasts ​​three hectares of vineyards of its own and markets its wines under two brands: Nibias, made with Albarín Blanco varietals, and Chacón Buelta, made with a Verdejo Negro varietal, both under the supervision of the Protected Designation of Origin. Their vineyards are in the borough of Ibias, where the dry climate, minimal summer rainfall and considerable contrasts in terrain permit the planting of micro-vineyards, giving rise to the stalwart viticulture so prevalent in this western part of the region.  A family enterprise, the winery's facilities are open to visitors.

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Bodega Vidas: Beatriz Pérez and Pepe Flórez are an enterprising couple who, after a few years away from Asturias, decided to return to their land and make the most of what they know –he is a chemist and she is a physicist–, putting all their options into a winemaking project, because they have lived the culture of wine since childhood, as Beatriz is from Pola de Allande and Pepe is from Cangas del Narcea. So in 2012 they created their winery and got to work.  In April 2013, they presented their first wines in Cangas del Narcea under the name "7 VidAs", a play on words referring to 7 grapevines from Asturias, marketing a first vintage of 2,000 bottles of white, made entirely from Albarín grapes, and 5,000 bottles of red, which includes Carrasquín, Albarín Negro, Verdejo and Mencía varieties. Wines that the producers themselves define as very floral, aromatic and easy to drink made with native varietals.

Further information at: www.vinosdeasturias.es/viticultura.php