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A Brief History of Mencía: From Northern Spain to Spring Mountain

Mencía is the new kid on the block here at Keenan Winery. And first things first, it’s pronounced men-THEE-uh. So here’s what you need to know…


Mencia grapes in a trailer

First harvest ready to go to be de-stemmed and crushed.


All About Mencía

Native to northern Spain, it’s primarily grown in the Bierzo DO, but can also be found in central Portugal. Once thought to be closely related to Cabernet Franc, DNA testing has revealed it’s more closely related to the Portuguese grape, Jaen.

So, what kind of wine does it produce?

  • Sweetness? Dry
  • Color? Cherry red to deep violet
  • Acidity? Good
  • Tannins? Moderate
  • Aromas? Strawberry, cherry, raspberry & pomegranate with hints of florals
  • Bonus: Hints of licorice, black pepper and a bit of “gravel” minerality

But enough shop talk… We’re thrilled to have harvested our first crop of Mencía this year and can’t wait to see what’s in store. In case you missed it, it was the first grape to come off the vine this harvest. We’re curious to see what next year’s crop, should we be so lucky, looks like (and can’t wait to see what this year’s crop has up its sleeve!)

And because a picture’s worth a thousand words, here are some action shots from this year’s (2021) harvest!


Harvest 2021 – Behind the Scenes


up close image of Mencia grapes.

Up close and personal, these are beauts.



The Keenan Winery team at work.



The heart and soul of this whole endeavor, Hashbrown, ensuring the highest quality – doing spot checks and quality control runs.


Thanks for reading and check back soon for more updates! And if all this wine talk is making you thirsty, check out this guide to the perfect fall wine pairings.




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