Madrid, July 09, 2020 . The contest for the best ciders and apple derivatives made in Asturias has chosen the Valverán 20 Manzanas ice cider, made by Masaveu Bodegas in its Sariego cider mill, as the best ice cider. This is the third time that Valverán ice cider has been awarded in this contest.
The winners in other categories were Españar, Mayador, Angelón Rosé, Roxtum, Gaitero, Oles, and Valle, Ballina and Fernández.
This weekend, the town of Nava is hosting the Cider Festival, declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, which this year celebrates its forty-third edition. this celebration
began in 1969 to pay homage to a drink that is deeply rooted in the region and to highlight the production and quality of these products.
This innovative product has won numerous awards in recent years.
such as the Gold Medal in the Gilbert & Gaillard Guide 2018, first prize in the ice cider category at the 2017 International Gala Cider Show and gold medal in 2019, among other prestigious national and international competitions.
Ice Cider Valverán 20 Apples
Valverán was founded in 1999, being the first and most
exclusive ice cider from the Iberian Peninsula. The name Valverán 20 apples comes 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 when the apples are harvested until that bottle reaches the final consumer, maintaining the initial fruit and sensory qualities.
To achieve this exclusive and appreciated product, the visionary character of José Masaveu, general director of Bodegas Masaveu, was needed, being his most personal project of this member of the family, together with almost ten years of research and trials. It is the only one of the five projects of Masaveu Bodegas, which has its roots in its land, Asturias.
Today 35 hectares, located in the
Protected Designation of Origin Cider
Asturias, specifically at Finca El Rebollar
in Sariego (Asturias), from 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) allow the production of 13,500 bottles of
this distinguished ice cider full of nuances.
It can be defined as a fresh and
surprising that harmonizes perfectly with
foie gras, cheeses and slightly sweet desserts.
The Masaveu family began to invest in the wine sector in 1974, when it acquired Bodegas Murua, but the family’s vineyard plantations date back to the mid-19th century, specifically in Castellar del Vallés, where the family originated and where Federico Masaveu Rivell began the steps that a century later his descendants would continue.
Since then, Bodegas Masaveu has grown to become a benchmark for the quality of its wines in different DO’s and for the environmental philosophy it demonstrates and the utmost respect for the land, where it has its own vineyards, thanks to which it manages to transmit, in each bottle, the unique personality of each wine.
terroir. In this way, each and every one of the projects that Masaveu Bodegas embarks on in different regions are united in a common denominator: Fillaboa (DO Rias Baixas), Leda (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León), Murua (DOCa Rioja), Payments of Araiz (DO Navarra) and Valverán (Asturias).