Masaveu Family Wineries has made its 40 hectares, planted on the El Rebollar Estate in Sariego (Asturias), organic. This is the place where the Valverán 20 Manzanas Ice cider is crafted. Grown in the orchards, are 20,000 apple trees with 11 different varietals (Blanquina, Xuanina, Regona, Raxao, Fuentes, Collaos, De la Riega, Verdialona, Perico, Durona de Tresali and San Roqueña) with which Valverán annually makes a máximum of 20,000 bottles of this distinguished ice cider.
The Valverán Estate’s conversion to organic farming is in line with the sustainable philosophy that defines the whole winery group, and includes the promotion of biodiversity, the use of natural water, development of a vegetal cover and the treatment of sewage.
In this context, over recent years, Valverán has been making a constant effort to promote sustainability, by eliminating chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, which enables them to collect the water from their own wells and use it for irrigation and human consumption.
The estate also owns a water treatment plant that filters and purifies the water for its use in the daily tasks in the cider mill, and a Sewage Treatment Plant (EDAR) to treat the waste water from the cider mill. Valverán is also working on a Project aimed at correctly releasing the treated water into the general sewage network in the district of Sariego and, consequently, ensure that it also passes through the treatment plant in Siero.
Natural control of the insect population
In their endeavour to promote biodiversity and the presence of bird life in their apple tree plantations, rejecting all use of insecticides,Valverán has installed 440 nests and nest boxes, forty of which are for nocturnal birds of prey. There are also 800 bird feeders and 120 watchtowers and perches for birds of prey to promote the presence of insectivorous birds (coal tits, blue tits, blackbirds, robin red breasts, etc.) and, in this manner, control the insect populations without using insecticides. Futhermore, natural hedges are being grown around the perimetral closing of the estate.
All around the estate a natural vegetal cover is being developed, the maintenance of which is only carried out using mechanical clearing methods to ensure the correct growth of the Apple trees and the adequate development of the biodiversity.
All of these actions are aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the plots by developing integrated agriculture that cares for and respects the environment.
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.
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 Rías Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO Navarra), Leda (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León) and Valverán (Asturias).