High Mountain Vineyards Production areas

The area of grapes production for winemaking protected by the Protected Designation of Origin Cangas, consists of the land considered particularly suitable -based on purely technical criteria- for the production of the necessary quality grapes and they are located in the municipalities of: Allande, Cangas del Narcea, Degaña, Grandas de Salime, Ibias, Illano, Pesoz and parts belonging to the municipality of Tineo.

Mountain Viticulture

In production areas of Protected Designation of Origin Cangas Wines, landscape is rugged and mountainous. Settled on its slopes we find vineyards, on steep slopes which make their maintenance and cultivation so difficult, heroic. Visiting the area is like go back to the past: forests and ancient vineyards, traditional trades.... A mixture of tradition and development in viticulture results, in wine, getting a top quality raw material.

The high mountain vineyard is characterized by:

• Cultivation of vines in mountain areas, altitude above 500 meters up from sea level.
• Cultivation on steep slopes, areas with more than 30% decline.
• Vineyards in small properties, in plots.
• Viñas en terrazas de cultivo.

The areas that sustain high mountain vineyards also have such characteristics that allow talk of "heroic viticulture":

• Orography not allows mechanization.
• Plots of vineyards sometimes split and often organized in terraces.
• Farms with small acreage, whose agriculture is not the main economic income.
• Need high economic investment to modernize crops.
• Adverse weather condition.
• Grape varieties exclusive with enological productions emerging from the global models.
• The vineyards are located in geographic areas with high landscape beauty and tourist character.