CATALUNYA – Designation of Origin
The D.O. Catalunya was established in 1999 with 225 registered cellars from 200 municipalities in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Spain.
Varieties covered by this designation:
White varieties: Chardonnay, white Garnacha, Macabeo, Moscatel de Alejandría, Riestling, Parellada, white Sauvignon, Xarel·lo, Malvasía, Gewürztraminer. Malvasía de Sitges, Pedro Ximénez and white Picapoll.
Red varieties: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, red Garnacha, hairy Garnacha, Merlot, Monastrell, Pinot noir, Samsó, Trepat, Ull de llebre (tempranillo), Garnacha tintorera and Syrah.
The main vocation of this wine making area is white wine production. Its white wines have a bright pale yellow color with fruity and floral aromas. They are dry and pleasant, balanced in mouth and they have a long lasting aftertaste.
Rosé wines are made from Listán Negro variety. With an attractive pink color, its main features are the fruity and floral aromas, as well as its freshness and lightness in mouth.
A special feature of this D.O. is that it protects grape cultures all over Catalonia. It is more a political division than a geographical one, which allows a D.O. guarantee seal for those Catalan productions that are not covered by any other existent D.O.
Climate and Soil
Climate is Mediterranean, and the soil shows all the varieties in the area, so there are no special characteristics that can be considered specific to this D.O.
Very good: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.