Masaveu Bodegas has registered as organic the 40 hectares planted at Finca El Rebollal in Sariego (Asturias), where the Valverán 20 Manzanas ice cider is made. In the pomarada grow 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), with which Valverán currently produces 20,000 bottles annually of this distinguished ice cider at most.
This path towards organic farming at Finca Valverán is in line with the sustainable philosophy that defines the entire winery group, and which involves promoting biodiversity , the use of natural water , the development of plant cover or the treatment of wastewater. .
In this sense, Valverán has been developing in recent years a clear commitment to sustainability, thanks to the elimination of chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, which has allowed it to recover the water from its own wells and use it for irrigation. and human consumption.
It also has a water treatment plant with which it carries out the filtration and purification of the water for later use in the work of the cider mill, and a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to treat the wastewater from the cider mill. Valverán is also working on a project aimed at discharging the water that has already been adequately treated into the general sanitation network of the council of Sariego and, in this way, ensure that this water also passes through the Siero treatment plant.
Natural control of the insect population
In its efforts to promote biodiversity and the presence of birds in its apple plantations -ruling out any use of insecticides-Valverán has installed 440 nests or nest boxes. Forty of them for nocturnal birds of prey, 800 feeders and 120 watchtowers or perches for birds of prey to favor the presence of insectivorous birds (chickadees, tits, blackbirds, robins, etc.) and, in this way, control insect populations without the use of of insecticide products. In addition, the development of natural hedges (sebes) in the perimeter fence of the farm is being promoted.
A natural vegetative cover is developed throughout the farm, whose maintenance is carried out only through mechanical clearing work to safeguard the correct growth of the apple trees and the proper evolution of biodiversity.
All actions are aimed at protecting the biodiversity of the plots, developing an integrated agriculture that cares for and respects the environment.
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.
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 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).