This ice cider, made in the Sariego cider mill that belongs to the Masaveu Bodegas wine group, has been the only cider that has obtained a Grand Gold.
More than 20 countries have participated in this edition, which for the first time incorporates various varieties of ciders and vinegars.
The Valverán 20 Manzanas ice cider , from Pomaradas y Llagares de Sariego SL, belonging to the prominent wine group Masaveu Bodegas , has been awarded Grand Gold as the best cider at the First International Cider Competition CINVE 2020 .
More than 20 countries have participated in this sixteenth edition of CINVE , which was held in Cáceres from September 10 to 13. The great novelty of the CINVE awards this year is precisely this, that added to the traditional wines and other products, various varieties of ciders and vinegars are incorporated. In this category of Sparkling Wines and Ciders, 25 Silver Medals, 18 Gold Medals and 2 Grand Gold have been awarded to the French champagne Amour de Deutz and the Valverán 20 Manzanas ice cider .
This ice cider has been awarded in different prestigious National and International Contests such as Gilbert & Gaillard, the Sagardo Forum International Cider Contest, the International Gala Cider Show, the Nava Cider Festival, Global Cider Masters or the Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition.
Ice Cider Valverán 20 Apples
Valverán was founded in 1999 as the first and most exclusive ice cider on the Iberian Peninsula. The name of Valverán 20 manzanas comes from the amount needed to make each 37.5 cl. bottle, since it contains the concentrated must of at least 20 manzanas .
This drink is achieved after a complex freezing process at 20 degrees below zero, a subsequent fermentation for 10 months and aging 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 Asturias Cider Protected Designation of Origin , specifically in the Finca El Rebollar in Sariego (Asturias), with 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 more than 13,000 bottles of this distinguished ice cider full of nuances. It can be defined as a fresh and surprising drink that harmonizes perfectly with foie gras , cheeses and slightly sweet desserts .
The Masaveu family began to invest in the wine sector in 1974, when they established Bodegas Murua in the DOCa . Rioja, 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 his descendants would continue a century later.
Since then, Bodegas Masaveu has grown to become a benchmark, for the quality in the production of its wines in different DO’s and for the environmental philosophy that they demonstrate and the maximum respect for the land, in which it has its own plantations of vineyards, thanks to which they manage to transmit, in each bottle, the unique personality of each 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).