Xarel·lo, the iconic indigenous variety of the Penedès, is a light-skinned grape from Catalonia and one of the most widely planted. The clusters are medium-sized and not too compact.
Xarel·lo grapes adapt well to most soil types up to an altitude of 500 meters, very well adapted to the land and climate of the area of Penedès , but where it is best expressed is on the clayey, calcareous soils of the Conca del Riu Anoia.
The clusters are medium-sized and not too compact, resistant to drought and heat, it produces wines with body, rustic but elegant, with aromas of white, stone fruit and mediterranean shrub such as fennel.
Xarel.lo is also known as Cartuja, Cartuxa, Moll, Pansa, Pansa Blanca.
It is used for the production of various wine styles, but best known for its role in the production of CAVA, where it is blended along with other varieties.
Xarel·lo is one of the white wine grape that forms the backbone of the Cava being one of the three traditional grapes used in its production. The other two grapes are Parellada and Macabeo.