Pittacum is a project initiated in 1999 in the reborn designation of origin Bierzo province of Leon. The passion for wine three partners moved to Ponferrada to bet on the native red variety Mencia in his native region. Thus, Pittacum launched its project in the natural setting of the Berciana region with the idea convey the personality of the wines of Mencia.
Pittacum is a project initiated in 1999 in the reborn designation of origin Bierzo province of Leon. The passion for wine three partners moved to Ponferrada to bet on the native red variety Mencia in his native region. Thus, Pittacum launched its project in the natural setting of the Berciana region with the idea convey the personality of the wines of Mencia. Later, in the summer of 2002, Terras Gauda-a prestigious producer O'Rosal, Rías Baixas- joined the project and acquired 65% of Pittacum.La technical management of the winery is run by Elisa Gomez and Alfredo Marques, who also runs the vineyard. The geographical location of some plots slashing the margin of cultivation of the vine by topography, altitude and climatology. The latter imposes its conditions with low temperatures at night involving changes of up to 26 ° C with respect to day. Weather conditions and reduce the vegetative cycle of the plant two to three weeks compared to other nearby areas. The average temperature during the growing season is about 17ºC, something that accentuates the aromatic potential of the mencía.Solamente 5 hectares of vineyards. These are planted on steep and not distributed among the municipalities of Arganza, Valtuille, Villafranca and Ponferrada slopes. The entire vineyard is planted with the red variety Mencia. They are strains with an average age of 60 to 70 years, grafted on American rootstock rupestris Lot, very resistant to diseases often suffer vineyards, such as downy mildew, powdery mildew, or podedrumbre gray, and with good adaptation to soils rocky. Of all payments, the quality of the grapes that offers highlights Areixola plot, 1 hectare, 800 m altitude, and a planting density of 5,000 vines per hectare offering yields of 5,900 kg / ha. In addition to exploiting their land, also they buy grapes from 20 hectares of Mencia even older, 80 years old. Of these plantations, 15 ha. Are planted in hillside and the rest on steep slopes, which highlights payment La Calzada, with 1.3 Ha., A vineyard cultivated on a floor of slate and quartzite curiously facing north on a gentle slope and 850 meters. He pruning system offers glass yields barely kg of grapes per vine. Vinification are carried out in stainless steel tanks of various volumes (15,000 l., 10.000L., 7,500 l. And 5.600l.) Where they get extract all the fruitiness of the grape. They raise the wines in oak barrels American -40% - and French -60% - of 225 liters. Park annually renewed barrels by 33% to prevent aging of these. Pittacum has been one of the first wineries that showed a new version of Mencia.