When the Romans arrived in Bierzo, they were fascinated by the magnitude of some of the mountains that stood before them. Flying above the mountains, they found a vast number of “Aquilias” (Eagles), and the name of Aquilianos Mountains was born. The vineyards are situated in the slopes of the Aquilianos Mountains and are greatly influenced by their unexpected climatic changes. These changes give the wine a very unique profile, and as such, a unique name, Akilia, is warranted. Akilia was born with the will, effort and illusion to restore old vineyards of the autochthon grape varieties, as is the case of Mencia. The Akilia vineyards are in an environment of particular oenological interest and of great beauty as in the Bierzo.
With a total area of 4 hectares, Akilia vineyards are divided into three parcels, Villarín, Fontairo and Valdesacia, clearly differentiated by the orientation and typology of the soil. The vineyard has a plantation density of 4,400 plants/hectare of Mencia and Palomino fino, with a plantation framework of 1.5 meters by 1.5 meters, pruning in tree, and is divided in two slopes with an age of 75-112 years old.
The harvesting is done in the traditional hand picking style and the parcels are monitored separately in concrete tanks with temperature control during all alcoholic fermentation. The aging of the wine is done for 12 months in French barrels of 225 liters, 228 liters and 300 liters.