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Valverán 20 Manzanas, Best Special Cider in the World Cider Awards 2022

Sep 6, 2022 | Valverán Cider Mills

Ice Cider Valverán 20 Manzanas 2020, made by Masaveu Bodegas at its cider mill in Sariego in Asturias, has been awarded the Gold Medal and was selected the Best Special Cider at the Internationa “World Cider Awards” 2022

The Contest has nine categories and also gives awards to ice ciders, low-alcohol, alcohol free and experimental ciders, from countries such as Canada, France and United Kingdom, Valverán was the only Spanish cider awarded in this group.

The World Cider Awards, which are held in the United Kingdom, select, acknowledge and promote the “Best Ciders in the World” amongst consumers worldwide. This annual tasting is part of the renowned World Drinks Awards, which are presented by TheDrinksReport.com.

Valverán 20 Manzanas has been awarded prizes in several highly prestigious National and International Competitions such as Gilbert & Gaillard, the International Hall of Gala Ciders, CINVE, Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition and Global Cider Masters.

Valverán 20 Manzanas Ice Cider

Valverán was founded in 1998, however this first and exclusive ice-cider on the Iberian Peninsula did not emerge until 2007. The name Valverán 20 manzanas comes from the number of apples required to produce each 37.5 cl. bottle, given that the content holds the concentrated must of a minimum of 20 apples.

This drink is made through a complex process of freezing below minus 20 degrees, then fermentation takes place for 10 months and it is then aged on fine lees for 8 months. The complete process takes around two years from when the apples are collected until the bottle reaches the final consumer maintaining its initial fruit and sensorial qualities.

In order to achieve this exclusive and prized product, the visionary nature of José Masaveu, general manager of Masaveu Bodegas, was essential. This cider is his most personal project, involving almost 10 years of trials and tests. Of the five projects in Masaveu Bodegas, this is the only one that originates in their homeland of Asturias.

Today, 40 hectares of land, certified as organic and situated in the Protected Designation of Origin Cider from Asturias, on the El Rebollar Estate in Sariego (Asturias), with 20,000 apple trees growing 11 different varietals (Blanquina, Xuanina, Regona, Raxao, Fuentes, Collaos, De la Riega, Verdialona, Perico, Durona de Tresali and San Roqueña) make 20,000 limited edition bottles of this distinguished, nuanced ice cider. This fresh and surprising drink pairs perfectly with foie, cheeses and not very sweet desserts.

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Masaveu Bodegas

The Masaveu family first invested in the wine sector in 1974, when they purchased the Murua winery, however the family’s first vineyards date back to the middle of the 19th century, in Castellar del Vallés, where the family originates from and where Federico Masaveu Rivell began a journey to be continued one century later by his descendants.

Since then, Masaveu Bodegas has grown to become a reference in the sector, due to the quality of their winemaking in several DO´s and 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 every bottle. This being the common denominator in each and every project initiated by Bodegas Masaveu in different parts of the country: Fillaboa (DO Rias Baixas), Leda (Wine from the Land of Castilla y León) Murua (DOCa Rioja) Pagos de Aráiz (DO Navarra), and Valverán (Asturias).