The International Cider Show Gala SISGA´19 awarded Valverán 20 Manzanas with the Gold Medal in the Ice Cider category. The show, which was held for the ninth time this year, presented its awards last Friday during the gala dinner that took place at the NH Gijón Hotel Restaurant.
A professional judging panel and a specialist tasting committee judged the 85 participating ciders from 12 different countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Japan and Finland.
This innovative product, that is produced by Bodegas Masaveu at its cider mill in Sariego, was awarded Best Ice Cider at the Nava Cider Competition this July, and has received numerous other awards in recent years, such as the Gilbert & Gaillard Guide Gold Medal in 2018, the first prize in the ice cider category at the International Cider Show Gala in 2017 and various other prestigious national and international awards. Furthermore, this is the second time that Valverán ice cider has won a prize at this competition, as it was awarded with the first prize for the same category in 2017.
Valverán 20 Manzanas Ice Cider
The name Valverán 20 manzanas comes from the quantity of apples needed to make each 37.5 cl. bottle: a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 28, depending on the weather conditions for that crop.
This drink is produced through a complex freezing process at 20 degrees below zero, then fermented for 10 months and aged for 12 months on fine lees. The whole production time is usually around two years from the moment the apples are picked until the bottle reaches the end user, with the initial fruity and sensory qualities being maintained throughout.
This exclusive and valued product was produced thanks to the visionary character of José Masaveu, the general manager of Bodegas Masaveu, along with the effort and dedication of almost ten years of research and trials. It is a personal project for this Masaveu family member, and the only one that has its roots in the land, Asturias.
Today 35 hectares, located in the Protected Cider Designation of Origin of Asturias, specifically in the El Rebollar estate in Sariego (Asturias), containing 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), produce 18,000 bottles of this renowned ice cider full of nuances. It can be described as a sensual, fresh and surprising drink that goes perfectly with foie gras, cheese and sweet desserts.
The Masaveu family entered the wine industry in 1974, when they acquired Murua Bodegas. But the family’s vineyard plantations date back to the mid-19th century, specifically in Castellar del Vallés. This is where the family originated and where Federico Masaveu Rivell began the steps that his descendants would continue a century later.
Since then, Masaveu Bodegas has grown into a leading winery in the industry, both for the quality of its wine production in various destinations of origin and for the ecological philosophy that demonstrates their utmost respect for the land. Thanks to the careful management of their vineyard plantations, they manage to impart the unique personality of the terroir into every bottle of their wine. In doing so, one common denominator unites each and every one of the projects embarked upon by Masaveu Bodegas in a variety of areas and regions of Spain: Murua (DOCa Rioja), Fillaboa (DO Rias Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO Navarra), Leda (Castile and Leon) and Valverán (Asturias).