Nowadays, for a decade, new producers have tried to save an enviable heritage. Although the humidity of the Cantabrian Sea does not seem to favor wine harvests, the truth is that Cangas del Narcea enjoys a unique microclimate, giving rise to a vineyard full of autochthonous varieties.
Cangas PDO Wine Cellars
Cangueses wines currently have five wineries assigned to the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO): Monasterio de Corias, Muriella, Chicote, Chacón Buelta and Bodegas Vides y VIno de Asturias. With this denomination the Cangas wine has a protection and differentiation within the European Union.
The geographical area of production comprises the councils of Cangas del Narcea, Ibias, Grandas de Salime, Illano, Allande and PesozAlso Degaña, which currently has an important production winery that uses grapes from Asturian production. It is in all cases a light wine with touches of wood, good taste, a certain acidity and whose graduation is balanced: 10,5 minimum grades for red wine and 9,5 for white.
Its methods of elaboration follow traditional formulas. The different types of native grape that we can find are: the carrasquín, the berdejo and the albarín. The one with the highest production is Mencía imported at the end of the XNUMXth century after the phylloxera plague. The color of red wine varies between purplish red and purple red, while that of white varies between straw yellow and yellowish green. According to the oenological tastings there are two types of grapes that stand out above the rest: the albarín negrín and the white albarín; being above all this last one in which the winemakers place the most trust. Considering the tastings, the general properties of the different vintages can be summarized in these attributes: a humid cave aroma, some cherry blossom, and light on the palate with a point of acidity reminiscent of cider.
Good DOP Cangas reds
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The vineyards in this area are planted on slate soils, usually on a slope and have an age greater than 80 years. The vineyards are made up of small payments that shape a labyrinthine and somewhat chaotic landscape. The planting of the vineyards ranges between 3.000 and 6.000 vines per hectare, with the maximum grape production per hectare being set at 10.000 Kilos, and all producers and wineries hosted must undergo various controls, through the declaration of the harvest and notification of the vintage date.
Harvest Festival in Cangas del Narcea
It is precisely the harvest, and more specifically the harvest festival which annually shows all the know-how and good wine of this land to all those who come to the town of Cangas del Narcea.
From 7 to October 21 the downtown streets of the village are filled with craft stalls and traditional products. Strongly escorted, the cart and the grapes parade through the streets, ready to be stepped on as tradition dictates in the Plaza de la Oliva, in front of the basilica of Cangas. To the sound of bagpipes and drums, and headed by the different brotherhoods that meet, the car of the country advances among those present to the square. The grape is transported in maniegas and is stepped on without more help than the bare feet of the waiters. After this act in an adjoining tent a monumental espicha based on native products and more Cangas wine is celebrated. Throughout the day there are free visits to the Bodegas del Narcea and the most traditional of the popular Santiso neighborhood.
At any time of year we can get closer to two museums or wine interpretation centers in the area. One is located in Pesoz, and in him the history of the elaboration of the wines of the municipality is presented to us. In its cellar the broth is elaborated, training courses are given and tastings are made.
The other center is situated on its own villa of Cangas del Narcea, and its origin is linked to the presence of a small monastery from the beginning of the 11th century. The building, two centuries old, has as its centerpiece of its exhibition an old press destined to make the tread of the grape.
Cangas del Narcea Wine Museum
Although the humidity we have in the Cantabrian Sea is not conducive to wine harvests, in Cangas del ...
Pesgos Tinto Joven (Bodegas del Narcea, SL)
Pesgos Tinto (aging in French oak) (Bodegas del Narcea, SL)
Monastery of Corias (aging in oak) (Vinos Cangas SL)
Penderuyos (Bodegas Antón Chicote)
Muriella Tinto (Wines La Muriella)
Chacón Buelta red
Pesgos Blanco (Bodegas del Narcea, SL)
Muriella Blanco (Vinos la Muriella SL.)
Monastery of Corias- Viña Grandiella (Vinos Cangas SL)
Chacón Buelta Blanco (Bodegas Chacón Buelta)
Text: © Ramón Molleda for asturias.com