Grape white varieties covered by the Regulatory Board are:
Traditional: Xarel.o, Macabeo, Parellada.
Non-traditional: Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewüstraminer, Chenin Blanco and Moscatel de Alejandría.
Traditional: Garnacha, Cariñena, Pinot Noir.
Non-traditional: Merlot, Tempranillo, Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah.
White, rosé and red wines are made from these grapes.
Most wines from Penedes are young, aromatic, fine and fresh. There are also aging wines, both white and red. Specially worth mentioning are the semi-sparkling wines resulting from a short fermentation, which stand out because of their lightness.
The Penedes region covers an area of 27,000 hectares of vineyards growing in between Barcelona and Tarragona. The climate, influenced by the Mediterranean Sea, is very varied and provides Penedes with privileged conditions that allow the production of a large variety of great quality wines.
Macabeo, Chardonnay, Subirat Parent, Xarel·lo and Parellada white vines are grown in Penedes, as well as the red varieties of Mazuela, Garnacha, Samsó, Ull de Llebre, Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon. Penedes Designation of Origin produces light white wines, fresh, fruity and aromatic, with moderate alcohol content. Red wines are mild and velvety, complex and elegant with a remarkable character.
Aging will last at least six months for whites, rosés and semi-sparkling; and fifteen months for red wines, with a first phase in oak container, complemented afterwards with another phase in bottle.
Very good: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005.
Good: 1995, 2002.