Empordà

El Empordà has a great variety of wines. The red wines are high quality, full-bodied, well-structured and harmonious, sometimes with added hues thanks to careful aging. These reserva and crianza wines boast special aromatic notes. They are complex, with a subtle fragrance and a hint of spice, always preserving the aromas of the fruit and the vine. On the palate, they are full, flavoursome and pleasant.

Fresh and flavoursome white wines are elaborated with autochthonous varieties and other high quality single varieties. Rosé wines are also produced with a well-defined cherry colour, great personality, a delicate aroma, fresh with a moderate alcohol content.

A speciality of the area is the Garnatxa de l´Emporda, a naturally sweet wine produced from the Garnacha grape. Full-bodied, with the flavour of the grape itself, mature, warm and smooth — virtues giving it the features of an exceptional dessert wine, together with the area’s own sweet wine, the Moscatell de l’Empordà.

The organic wines, the Mistelles, the wines produced from over-ripe grapes and the sparkling wines complete the range of wines elaborated in Empordà.

FEATURES

Type of Wine                                        Alcohol %

White11 – 15
Rosé11,5 – 15
Red> 11,5
Slightly sparking9,5 – 13
Sparkling10,5 – 12,5
White Mistelle15 – 18
Red Mistelle15 – 20
Garnatxa de l’Empordà15 – 20
Moscatell de l’Empordà15 – 18
Wine from over-ripe grapes15 – 22

 VINTAGE RATINGS

1971 Average

1972 Poor

1973 Excellent

1974 Good

1975 Average

1976 Average

1977 Poor

1978 Excellent

1979 Very Good

1980 Average

1981 Good

1982 Very Good

1983 Very Good

1984 Good

1985 Very Good

1986 Very Good

1987 Good

1988 Good

1989 Very Good

1990 Good

1991 Good

1992 Good

1993 Very Good

1994 Good

1995 Very Good

1996 Very Good

1997 Average

1998 Excellent

1999 Very Good

2000Very Good

2001 Very Good

2002  Good

2003 Very Good

2004 Very Good

2005 Excellent

2006  Very Good

2007  Excellent

2008 Very Good

2009 Very Good

2010 Very Good

THE CLIMATE:

The Tramontane, the strong northerly wind, with gusts that frequently exceed 120 km/h, is the most characteristic aspect of the climate affecting cultivation in the area and is highly beneficial for vine health.

On the other hand, the winters are mild with few frosts and the summers are hot and tempered by sea breezes. The average annual temperature is between 14 and 16º C. Rainfall is around 600 litres per year. With regards temperature and sunshine, the Empordà area is located in region III of the Amerine and Winkler scale, making it well-suited for medium and long growing season varieties and perfect for producing naturally sweet wines.

Overall, the climate is ideal for growing vines to produce quality wines that do not have the harshness of southern wines.