Established in 1925 by Emilio Trabanco, and built upon the family's home brewing practice, the Trabanco cider house oversees all aspects of production, from the planting of orchards to the bottling and distribution.
Introducing Sidra Trabanco
Beginning with apples that are mostly hand picked by family and friends, the fruit is then hand selected and pressed with traditional wood presses (along side the few stainless steel hydraulic presses have recently been added). "This is a very important family in Asturias," says Andre Tamers of De Maison Selections, "the largest cider producer. All of their apples come from their own trees and they're still working with wood. They're historically important," he added, "and still working with wood tanks and wood presses. They're emblematic, and the 2010s haven't even arrived yet."
The family's 150 acres of apples equates to about 40,000 trees; and after the fruit has been washed, picked through, and milled, the apples are reduced to a pomace. Pressed and repressed for a total of four days, the result is then ready to ferment. Employing natural bacterias and yeasts, this process is temperature controlled and impurities are removed through a decanting of the cider a few times during a waning moon. Adhering to traditional methods, all cider spends half of its time fermenting in chestnut casks.
Trabanco produces two ciders, the first-Trabanco Cosecha Propia-is a traditional cider made from native apple varietals that are fermented with indigenous yeast to yield a cider that's tart, low in alcohol, and without carbonation. The second, Poma Aurea, is made from a "selection of apples from the best orchards within the DOP." Fermented in old barrels with indigenous yeast, the Poma Aurea undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle for six months, before being disgorged. Made in the methode champenoise, the Poma Aurea is yeasty on the nose and slightly dusty with an underlying tartness that is bone dry on the palate. There's a marriage of minerality and light apple fruit that lingers clean on the finish without any hint of sweetness. Drink with light fare or without, it's absolutely delicious.