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Valdevimbre (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Valdevimbre - Image by ivan Sache, 26 December 2010

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Presentation of Valdevimbre

The municipality of Valdevimbre (1,078 inhabitants in 2009; 6,801 ha; municipal website) is located in the southeast of León Province, 25 km of León. The municipality is made of the villages of Valdevimbre proper (capital), Fontecha, Palacios de Fontecha, Pobladura de Fontecha, Vallejo, Villabañe and Villagallegos.

Valdevimbre was mentioned in the 9th century as Val de Vimen or Val de Viminies (Willow's Valley), the place of a Benedictine monastery dedicated to Sts. James and Mary.
Fontecha was mentioned in 1073 as Fonte Tecta (the Roofed Fountain) and took its today's name in 1239. The village proudly owns the biggest oak wood in the Páramo region.

Ivan Sache, 26 December 2010

Symbols of Valdevimbre

The flag and arms of Vadevimbre (municipal website) are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 28 August 2002 by the Municipal Council, signed on 24 July 2003 by the Mayor, and published on 12 August 2003 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 155, p. 11,131 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag with proportions 1:1, tierced in diagonal rising from lower hoist, the triangle at fly red, the central stripe white and the triangle at hoist red, in the middle the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Or a semy of grapes proper a bend gules charged with a barrel argent hooped sable. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The arms recall that wine growing is the main activity in Valdevimbre. Located close to the town of León, the vineyards increased in size in the 16th-19th centuries; the archives of the León Bishopric list 962 ha planted with grapevine in 1863. Ruined by the phylloxera in 1887, the Valdevimbre vineyards reemerged in the 1920s. The wines produced in Valdevimbre, mostly from the Priteo-Picudo local grapes, belong to the "Land of León" Designation of Origin.

Ivan Sache, 26 December 2010