Somewhere between tradition and modernity, Alella’s vines are rocked by the sea breeze while they scratch at the earth and bury their roots in well-drained soil that retains the sun’s heat.
The Mediterranean climate by the coast exists side-by-side with a more continental microclimate further inland. The coastal range checks the winds and condenses the moisture from the sea.
Historically, this small zone has supplied Barcelona with wine and has presided the tables of Barcelona’s well-to-do for centuries.
Alella’s most typical wines are dry and sweet whites, made from different grape varieties. They are light, perfumed and crystalline. Wine made with Pansa Blanca, often blended with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, is particularly noteworthy.
The rosés are fresh, aromatic and light. They are made with Garnacha, Pansa Rosada and Merlot.
The reds are fruity and mild and are made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Ull de Llebre o Tempranillo and Merlot.
- Registered vine growing area (ha): 316
- Vine growers: 100
- Bottling wineries: 8
- Bottle production: 495,630
- Varieties of white grapes: Xarel·lo or pansa blanca, Chardonnay, Chenin, Garnatxa blanca, Macabeu, Malvasia, Moscatell de gra petit, Parellada, Picapoll blanc and Sauvignon blanc
- Varieties of red grapes: Cabernet sauvignon, Garnatxa peluda, Merlot, Monsatrell, Pinot noir, Samsó or mazuela, Sumoll negre, Syrah and Ull de llebre.
Source: Government of Catalonia, INCAVI