Wine By Grape Variety | Mencía

Organic Vineyard with grass crop cover

Mencía is a Spanish red wine grape variety that is grown almost exclusively in the Galicia and Atlantic Coast wine region of north-western Spain; particularly in the Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras regions. 

In recent years, the Mencía grape has gained in popularity as much more concentrated and complex wines have been produced by a new generation of winemakers, primarily from old vines growing on hillsides, often on schist soils and in combination with careful vineyard management. This has led to a renewed interest in Mencía and the Denominaciones de Origen using it, such as Bierzo, Valdeorras, Ribeira Sacra and the little-known Liébana. 

Mencía is capable of making excellent wine on its own, with no need to sacrifice its unique character in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot that are commonplace elsewhere in Spain.