The SISGA’19 International Gala Cider Fair awarded Valverán 20 Manzanas the Gold Medal in the category of Ice Ciders. Last Friday, the Awards were presented for this event, which this year celebrates its ninth edition, during the gala dinner that took place at the NH Gijón Hotel Restaurant.
A professional jury and a specialized tasting committee evaluated the 85 participating ciders from 12 countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Japan and Finland.
This highly innovative product, which is produced by Masaveu Bodegas in its Sariego cider mill, was considered the Best Ice Cider in the Nava Cider Contest in July and has been awarded, in recent years, with numerous awards such as the Gold Medal of the Gilbert & Gaillard Guide 2018, the first prize in the category of ice ciders at the International Cider Show Gala 2017, among other highly prestigious national and international competitions. In addition, this is the second time that Valverán ice cider has been awarded in this Contest, since in 2017 it was recognized with the first prize in that category.


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 apples.

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, along with the effort and dedication of almost ten years of research and testing. This is the most personal project of this member of the Masaveu family and the only one that has its roots in his 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 18,000 bottles of
this distinguished ice cider full of nuances.
It can be defined as a sensual, fresh drink
and surprising that harmonizes perfectly with
foie gras, cheeses and slightly sweet desserts