At the Bodegas Vega de Yuso facilities, we have a fantastic 16th century ‘ice well’ in perfect condition.
Part of the history and customs of our land.
A ‘pozo de nieve’ or ‘nevera’ (‘ice well’ or ‘icehouse’) was a well where snow was stored during the winter months, protected from the sun, so that it could be used in the summer months.
The cold was used to both prepare ‘ice cream’ for the nobles and to conserve food, especially fish. At the end of the summer, the well was cleaned and prepared. When the winter snowfalls came, it was filled with snow from the surrounding area. The snow was packed evenly in layers separated by straw, helping to improve insulation and make it easier to remove.