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Mencia

Mencia is a red grape variety native to the Galicia region of northwest Spain. It is known for its bright, fruity wines with an intense herbal character.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

The Mencia grape produces medium-bodied, fruity wines with aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, plums and herbs. The wines are known for their firm tannins and sometimes high acidity, which gives them a crisp, zesty finish.

Fresh Mencia grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Mencia is primarily grown in Galicia and Bierzo, with small plantings in other regions such as Madrid and the Canary Islands. The Mencia grape is a late-ripening variety and prefers cool climates with high rainfall. It is a vigorous variety that is susceptible to botrytis and mildew. Winemakers can use oak and a range of techniques, such as extended maceration, to create full-bodied wines. Carbonic maceration is used to emphasize the variety's fruit characteristics and to lower the tannins. In Galicia, Mencia is used to make light-bodied, fruity wines with herbal aromas. In Bierzo the wines are usually fuller-bodied and more concentrated, with darker fruit and savoury notes. Mencia wines are versatile and pair well with a range of dishes. They are a great match for slow-cooked stews, grilled meats, and game dishes.

Foods to pair with Mencia:

Pasta
Pizza
Curry
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Mencia
The Mencia grape is becoming more and more popular especially in the natural wine scene due to its ability to produce very light and fresh wines.

Top Wines with Mencia

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Descendientes de J. Palacios Pétalos

Descendientes de J. Palacios

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Descendientes de J. Palacios Pétalos is a stunning Spanish red wine from the Bierzo region of Galicia. Produced from 100% Mencía grapes, this medium-bodied red displays aromas of ripe dark cherries and wild blueberries, with hints of violets and graphite on the nose. On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant, with juicy acidity and ripe tannins that lead to a long, lingering finish. Aged for at least a year in partially new French oak, this elegant red is a great option for food pairings such as red meat dishes or tapas.
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Losada Bierzo Red

Losada

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Losada Bierzo Red is a captivating wine that showcases the best of the Bierzo appellation in Spain. Crafted by a renowned producer, this wine is a true testament to their expertise. The vineyard features old-vine Mencía grapes, which lend complexity and depth to the wine. The winemaking process is meticulous, with careful attention paid to every detail. The result is a wine that exudes elegance and finesse. With its vibrant red fruit flavors, velvety texture, and well-integrated tannins, Losada Bierzo Red offers a delightful drinking experience. It is a perfect choice for those seeking a high-quality wine that embodies the essence of the Bierzo region.
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Dominio do Bibei Lalama

Dominio do Bibei

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Dominio do Bibei Lalama is a premium red wine produced by Dominio do Bibei, a renowned winery located in the Ribeira Sacra appellation of Spain. The vineyards are situated on steep slopes with varying altitudes, providing a unique terroir that contributes to the wine's complexity and depth. The winemaking process involves a combination of traditional and modern techniques, including hand-harvesting and aging in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is a blend of indigenous grape varieties, showcasing a rich and elegant style with notes of dark fruit, spices, and a hint of minerality. Lalama is a perfect choice for those seeking a high-quality wine that reflects the unique character of the Ribeira Sacra region.
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Rectoral de Amandi Matilda Nieves Mencia

Rectoral de Amandi

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Rectoral de Amandi Matilda Nieves Mencia is a red wine produced by Rectoral de Amandi winery in the Amandi appellation of Spain. The vineyards are located on steep slopes with slate soils, which impart a unique minerality to the wine. The winemaking process involves hand-harvesting and careful selection of the grapes, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks and aging in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is a medium-bodied red with aromas of red fruit, spices, and a hint of smokiness. On the palate, it is elegant and balanced with a long, smooth finish. Overall, Rectoral de Amandi Matilda Nieves Mencia is a high-quality wine that showcases the unique terroir of the Amandi appellation.
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Guimaro Ribeira Sacra Mencia

Guimaro

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Guimaro Mencia is an exceptional wine hailing from the Ribeira Sacra appellation in Spain, showcasing the unique character of the Mencia grape variety. Crafted by the esteemed producer Guimaro, this wine is a testament to the region's winemaking heritage. The vineyards of Ribeira Sacra are perched on steep terraced slopes along the Sil River, offering breathtaking landscapes and challenging conditions that shape the grapes' flavors. Guimaro Mencia is made using traditional winemaking methods, with a focus on hand-harvested grapes and natural fermentation. The result is a wine with a medium-bodied style, bursting with vibrant red fruit flavors, earthy notes, and a refreshing acidity. It's a wine that beautifully reflects the terroir of Ribeira Sacra, making it a must-try for those seeking unique and expressive Spanish wines.
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