Catalonia is home to 12 different winemaking appellations making up a rich and diverse mosaic. Each has its own unique qualities but they all share a longstanding wine history going back to the Romans and Phoenicians.
Most of the Catalan wine appellations are located close to the Mediterranean coast, running southwards from Empordà all the way down to the Ebro valley where we can find the Terra Alta region and other southern appellations such as: Priorat, Montsant, Conca de Barberà and Tarragona. Inland, near the town of Lleida, is home to the Costers del Segre vineyards which stretch as far north as the Pyrenees.
Penedès and Alella are central regions to the south and north of Barcelona respectively, whereas Pla de Bages is a small inland region also north of Barcelona. DO Catalunya is a regional appellation covering different wineries spread around Catalonia which do not come under any of the other appellations, similar to DO Cava for sparkling wines produced in different areas of Spain.
René Barbier Semi Dulce 2022
Torres San Valentín 2022
Raventós i Blanc de Nit 2021
Can Sumoi Xarel·lo 2022
Cora de Loxarel 2022
Els Pics 2020
Bach Viña Extrísima Blanco Seco 2022
Raventós i Blanc Blanc de Blancs 2021
Mas d'en Compte Blanc 2018
Mía Freixenet Blanco 2022
La Petite Agnès 2021
Nadal Brut Nature Reserva 2016
Jaspi Negre 2018
Coma Vella 2016
Mas d'en Compte Negre 2016
Pasanau Ceps Nous 2020
Terra Remota Camino 2020
Perelada 3 Fincas Crianza 2020
Ferrer Bobet Vinyes Velles 2019
Idus de Vall Llach 2021
Gramona Imperial 2018
Camins del Priorat 2022
Vallformosa Freyé Syrah Tempranillo 2022
Perelada Selección Especial Balduino y Fabiola 2018
Terroir al Límit Terra de Cuques 2022
Cartoixa de Scala Dei 2019
Finca el Puig 2020
Catalan wine has a distinct character that reflects not only the terroir but also the passion and dedication of winemakers who have preserved these ancient traditions.
One of the most important winemaking traditions in Catalonia is maceration, which involves soaking grape skins and seeds in juice to extract colour, tannins, and aromas. This technique is particularly crucial for producing red wines like Priorat and Montsant, which are known for their deep colour and complexity.
The process can take anywhere from several days to several weeks depending on the grape variety, temperature, and desired style.
Grape Varieties: Regional Specialties
Catalonia boasts a diverse range of grape varieties that have adapted to the region's climate and soil conditions over centuries.
One of the most popular grape varieties in Catalonia is Garnacha, also known as Grenache. This red grape thrives in hot and dry climates, making it an ideal choice for winemakers operating in the region's Mediterranean climate. Another standout variety is Samsó, a robust red grape that produces full-bodied wines with bold tannins.
Cava: Catalonia’s Sparkling Wine
Made using the same method as Champagne, Cava has gained popularity for its unique taste and affordable price point. Unlike Champagne, which can only be made using specific grapes grown in the Champagne region of France, Cava can be made with a variety of grapes grown throughout Spain.
Catalonia produces around 240 million bottles of Cava each year - more than any other region in Spain.
Priorat: Land of High-Quality Wines
Nestled in the heart of Catalonia, Priorat is a small but mighty wine region that has gained fame for its high-quality wines. With just over 2,000 hectares of vineyards, this landlocked region produces some of Spain's most sought-after wines. Known for their bold and intense flavours, Priorat wines are a true reflection of the rugged terrain they are grown in.
The unique terroir of Priorat plays a key role in producing these exceptional wines. The region's rocky soil and steep slopes provide excellent drainage and force the vines to work harder to reach water and nutrients deep below the surface. This results in low-yielding crops that produce grapes with concentrated flavours and aromas.
Additionally, the hot Mediterranean climate combined with cool mountain breezes creates ideal growing conditions for grape varieties like Garnacha and Cariñena.