Catalonia a land of wines
A new space in Belgium, specialised in small productions of catalan wines and cavas.
Catalonia, located at northwest of Spain along the Mediterranean Sea, is a relatively small country with more than a thousand years of history, where culture and language have shaped much of its indisputable personality.
It is the second largest community of wine producers in the country and the one with more Appellation of Origen (DO). The region has a diversity of soil types, mostly calcareous sediments mixed with alluvium and clay.
It is regarded as distinct from Spain’s other wine growing regions due to the versatility of its wine styles.
Mainly known for its white wines production. Principal grape of the area is “Pansa Blanca” local name for “Xarel·lo” grape. There are as well some Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc (int’l varieties)
Catalonia is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) which it was formally recognised in 1999. It was created with the specific purpose of providing commercial support to over 200 wineries that produced quality wine but which were not included in other specific DO’s in Catalonia.
It does not have a specific geographical location but is formed by individual vineyards, which are dispersed all over the Catalonia area.
Denominación de Origen for Sparkling Wines most of which are produced in the Penedès region. It can be white or rosé.
The main grapes used are MACABEU, PARELLADA and XAREL·LO; other grapes allowed CHARDONNAY, PINOT NOIR and SUBIRAT.
The sparkling wine which is produced in the Champenoise Traditional Method can be called CAVA otherwise it will be sparkling wine.
DO CONCA DE BARBERA
The limestone-based soils are planted with CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CHARDONNAY and PINOT NOIR. Rosé wines are produced from the local “TREPAT” grape.
DO COTERS DEL SEGRE
In this area we have varieties such as CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CHARDONNAY, MACABEO, MERLOT, PARELLADA, PINOT NOIR and TEMPRANILLO.
The principal grapes of this region are GRENACHE and CARIGNAN. Theses two core grapes along with other varieties sus as CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT and SYRAH are used for producing the red wines and also the large quantity of rosé wines.
Main grapes are GRENACHE and CARIGNAN.
Penedès is the largest and most productive wine region of Catalonia and also considered the birthplace of CAVA.
First wine region to implement a large-scale commercial wine production particularly for export to post-phylloxera.
Grapes are MALVASIA, MUSCAT, CARIGNAN, GRENACHE, MONASTRELL, MACABEO, PARELLADA, XAREL·LO, CHARDONNAY, PINOT NOIR, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ULL DE LLEBRE (Tempranillo) …
DO PLA DE BAGES
They are growing many of the same varieties as the nearby region of Penedès but with emphasis on international grapes like CABERNET SAUVIGNON and MERLOT.
The area is known for its CARIGNAN and GRENACHE based wines made from old, low yield vines. In this area we have a very hot Mediterranean climate that allows the grape to ripen fully and produce wines with very high alcohol level. The local llicorella soil particularly of poor quality, composed of quartz and slate also helps to limits yields.
The region is one of the two Spanish Denominaciones De Origen Calificadas (DOC) in recognition of outstanding consistency of quality.
The other well-known region is RIOJA.
For most of its history the region was known for its sweet fortified red wines made in a style similar to Port. Nowadays they are mainly producing dry white wines and also the production of red sacramental wine used by the Christian Church.
DO TERRA ALTA
It is located to the south of Priorat and shares a similar winemaking history But mainly it’s known for its WHITE GRENACHE.