The competition for the best ciders and apple derivatives produced in Asturias has chosen Valverán 20 Manzanas Ice Cider, produced by Masaveu Family Wineries at its Sariego cider mill, as the Best Ice Cider. This is the fourth time that Valverán Ice Cider has scooped the award at this competition.
Prize winners in other categories were Españar, Lagar de Camín, Guzmán Riestra Brut Nature, La Naveta Roxa, Avalon, Roxmut, Llagar de Oles, Alquitara del Obispo and Salvador del Obispo.
This weekend, the town of Nava hosts the Cider Festival, declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, which this year celebrates its 44th edition. This tradition began in 1969, to pay tribute to a drink that is deeply rooted in the region and to highlight the production and quality of these products.
Valverán 20 Manzanas has won awards in various prestigious national and international competitions such as Gilbert & Gaillard, the Sagardo Forum International Cider Competition, the International Gala Cider Show, Global Cider Masters, the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition and CINVE, where it was recently awarded the Gold Medal.
Valverán 20 Manzanas Ice Cider
Valverán was founded in 1999 and was the first and most exclusive Ice Cider in the Iberian Peninsula. The name Valverán 20 Manzanas is derived from the quantity needed to make each 37.5 cl. bottle, as it contains the concentrated must of at least 20 apples.
This drink is obtained after a complex process of freezing at 20 degrees below zero, subsequent fermentation for 10 months and ageing on fine lees for 12 months. The entire period is usually around two years from the time the apples are harvested until the bottle reaches the end consumer, maintaining its initial fruity and sensory qualities.
To achieve this exclusive and highly appreciated product, it took the visionary character of José Masaveu, CEO of Masaveu Family Wineries, who embarked on this most personal of family projects; a crusade spanning almost ten years of research and trials. It is the only one of the five Masaveu Family Wineries projects that has its roots in their homeland, Asturias.
Today, 40 hectares consisting of 20,000 apple trees of 11 different varieties (Blanquina, Xuanina, Regona, Raxao, Fuentes, Collaos, De la Riega, Verdialona, Perico, Durona de Tresali and San Roqueña) located within the Protected Denomination of Origin Cider of Asturias, specifically in the El Rebollar Estate in Sariego (Asturias), allow for the production of less than 20,000 bottles of this distinguished Ice Cider, which is full of nuances. It can be defined as a fresh and surprising drink that goes perfectly with foie, cheeses, and desserts which are not very sweet.
Masaveu Family Wineries
The Masaveu family began to invest in the sector in 1974, but the family’s vineyard plantations date back to the middle of the 19th century, specifically in Castellar del Vallés, where the family originated and where Federico Masaveu Rivell took the first steps which his descendants would subsequently follow a century later.
Since then, Masaveu Family Wineries has grown to become a benchmark in the sector, thanks to the quality of their wines in different Denominations of Origin, their environmental philosophy and the utmost respect they show for the land. The winery has their own vineyard plantations, through which they succeed in capturing, in each bottle, the unique personality of each terroir. Therefore, each and every one of the projects that Masaveu Family Wineries embarks on in different parts and regions of the country are united in a common denominator: Murua (DOCa Rioja), Fillaboa (DO Rías Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO Navarra), Leda (Wine from the Land of Castilla y León) and Valverán (Asturias).