This ice cider, made at the cider mill in Sariego owned by Masaveu Family Wineries, was the only cider that obtained the Grand Gold award.
Over 20 countries participated in this edition, incorporating for the first time various varieties of ciders and vinegars.
Valverán 20 Manzanas Ice Cider, from Pomaradas y Llagares de Sariego S.L. belonging to the renowned wine group; Masaveu Family Wineries, has been chosen as the best cider receiving the Grand Gold Medal in the 2020 International CINVE Cider Contest.
Over 20 countries have participated in this sixteenth edition of CINVE which took place in Cáceres from 10 to 13 September. The big novelty of the CINVE awards this year was that, in addition to the traditional wines and other products, various varieties of ciders and vinegars were also incorporated. In the category of Sparkling Wines and Ciders, 25 Silver Medals, 18 Gold Medals and 2 Grand Gold Medals, going to the French Champagne Amour de Deutz and the ice cider Valverán 20 Manzanas, were awarded.
This ice cider has been awarded prizes in several prestigious Contests at National and International level such as Gilbert & Gaillard, the International Cider Contest Sagardo Forum, The International Hall of Gala Ciders, the Nava Cider Contest, the Global Cider Masters and the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition.
Valverán 20 Manzanas Ice Cider
Valverán was founded in 1999, being the first and most exclusive ice cider on the Iberian Peninsula. The name Valverán 20 manzanas arose due to the quantity of apples required to make each 37.5 cl. bottle, given that each contains the concentrated juice of at least 20 apples.
To obtain this drink, a complex process of freezing at minus 20 degrees is used, followed by a fermentation period of 10 months and aging on fine lees for 12 months. The whole process takes around two years from the moment of harvesting the apples until the bottle reaches the consumer, preserving the initial fruit and sensorial qualities.
This exclusive product was achieved thanks to the visionary nature of José Masaveu, managing director of Masaveu Family Wineries, this is his most personal project, involving almost ten years of research and trials. Amongst the five projects in Masaveu Family Wineries, this is the only one that is situated in the homeland of Asturias.
Today, 35 hectares of land, situated in the Cider from Asturias Protected Designation of Origin, precisely on the El Rebollar Estate in Sariego (Asturias), with 20,000 apple trees of several different varietals (Blanquina, Xuanina, Regona, Raxao, Fuentes, Collaos, De la Riega, Verdialona, Perico, Durona de Tresali and San Roqueña) enable us to produce 13,500 bottles of this distinguished ice cider which is full of nuances. This drink is fresh and surprising and pairs perfectly with foie, cheeses and not very sweet desserts.
Masaveu Family Wineries
The Masaveu family first invested in the wine sector in 1974, when they purchased Murua Winery, however the family’s first vineyards date back to the middle of the 19th century, precisely in Castellar del Vallés where the family originally comes from and where Federico Masaveu Rivell began a journey to be continued one century later by his descendants.
Masaveu Family Wineries has grown to become a leader in the sector due to the quality of their winemaking in different DO´s, their sustainable philosophy and utmost respect for the land in their estate owned vineyards, thanks to which they transmit the unique personality of each terroir in each and every bottle. This being the common denominator in each and every project led by Masaveu Family Wineries in different DO´s: Murua (DOCa Rioja), Fillaboa (DO Rias Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO Navarra), Leda (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León) and Valverán (Asturias).