Known as the “Maverick of Castile,” Bierzo is producing powerful wines which reflect its cool climate in their expression of minerality and elegance for both whites and reds. The wines of this region greatly contrast many of the more commonly known styles coming from Priorat, Ribera del Duero, and Rioja. Nevertheless, there are many ambitious Wine-makers making wines that are widely accepted as wines with class, weight, and character. Altitude is an advantage in Bierzo. Most vineyards are planted on slopes and terraces between 1,650ft-1,950ft above sea level. Soils vary and are more alluvial with some iron as you near the river and more slate in the higher altitudes. Climate is more moderate than the central regions and also benefits from warm days, cool nights, and plenty of rainfall.