D.O. Conca de Barberà

As with many other Catalonian wine regions, the DO. Conca de Barberà is developing its own territorial identity that over the years has been redefining the personality of the wines and the region, with the help of the red Trepat grape variety. The Trepat grape can be used to produce good sparkling rosés, rosés with character, fresh red wines, as well as elegant blanc de noirs. In just a few years the region and this grape variety have shown their potential, their versatility, and the possibility of carrying out R&D (Research and Development) with them. There are still few wineries who produce single variety wines using the grape, but most importantly is that all of them have become aware of the obligation to enhance the uniqueness that defines its territory and the new style of wine to be imposed in the twenty-first century.

As with many other Catalonian wine regions, the DO. Conca de Barberà is developing its own territorial identity that over the years has been redefining the personality of the wines and the region, with the help of the red Trepat grape variety. The Trepat grape can be used to produce good sparkling rosés, rosés with character, fresh red wines, as well as elegant blanc de noirs. In just a few years the region and this grape variety have shown their potential, their versatility, and the possibility of carrying out R&D (Research and Development) with them. There are still few wineries who produce single variety wines using the grape, but most importantly is that all of them have become aware of the obligation to enhance the uniqueness that defines its territory and the new style of wine to be imposed in the twenty-first century.


The evolution of viticulture in Conca de Barberá has been strongly linked to the history of the region, which dates back to the time of the Romans, possibly even before. However, it wasn’t until the middle ages when the cultivation of vines began to play an important role in the region, when two institutions, the order of Cistercian monks of the Abbey of Santa Maria de Poblet and the fabled knights of  the Templars established in Barberà, passed on their knowledge and experience to farmers on how to best cultivate vines in order to produce the best wines.


Viticulture in Conca de Barberà then made further advances in the late 18th Century and mid-19th Century, with the region specialising in the export of wine to Northern Europe and North America.The vineyards in the region constructed terraces and bancalades on the mountain slopes to maximize their yields and increase production. The success of the industry led to the expedited construction of the Montblanc-Reus train route to deliver their bounty for export to the coastal towns of Tarragona.


Then at the late 19th Century, the phylloxera outbreak put an end to this prosperous period. However, with strength and determination, agriculture in the region saw a revival, helped by the strong demand for cuvées for the production of Cava in the Penedès.


Conca de Barberà is located in the northeast of Spain, in the Autonomous Communidad Autonómica de Catlunya, north of the province of Tarragona. The production zone is that owes its geological formation to the erosive action of the Francolí river and its tributary the Anguera.The combined action of these two rivers over the millennia has shaped the appearance of this part of the region like a river valley surrounded by mountain ranges: to the east, the mountains of Miramar and Cogulló; west, the mountains of Tallat and Vilobí; north, the mountains of Montclar, Codony and Comalats; and south, the mountains of Prades. The vineyards that come under the D.O Conca de Barberà span across a territory comprising the municipalities of Barberà de la Conca, Blancafort, Conesa, Espluga of Francoli, Forès, Montblanc, Pira, Rocafort de Queralt Sarral, Senan, Solivella, Vallclara, Vilaverd and Vimbodí. The DO Conca de Barberá is home to 6,000 hectares of registered vineyards, 860 growers and 27 wineries.


Recently, the DO Conca de Barberà has created and placed the new “TRE PAT” label into circulation. This label can only be used for wines that are made exclusively with the Trepat grape. The aim of this new label is to raise awareness of this native variety, which represents the terroir and climate of the region and, above all, is a reference of differentiation for the consumer.


 


Climate, Soil and Varieties.


The region is home to a Mediterranean climate which transitions between the softness of Tarragona area, given its relative proximity to the sea, and the continental nature of the province of Lleida.  The modest altitude of the Sierra de Miramar and the Strait of Riba allow some influence of the temperate, humid winds from the coast, but on the other hand, the marked winter inversions accentuate frost in the lower parts. However, the combined action of the reliefs and altitudes contribute to the emergence of microclimates with notable peculiarities.


The soils in the region mostly lime bearing and poor in organic matter. Some are clayey, with a characteristic reddish colour, with a loose texture and brown colouring. At the bottom of the basins there are river terraces. In the southwest corner of the region and in the foothills of the Prades Mountains, slate soils (llicorella) are also present.


The D.O Conca de Barberà authorises a considerable amount of grape varieties. The white varieties Macabeu, Garnacha Blanca, Chenin, Moscatel de Alexandria, Parellada and Sauvignon Blanc are authorised, as well as the red varieties Trepat, Samsó, Garnacha Tinta, Monastrell, Ull de llebre, Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah, as well as small plantations of Garró and Garrut.


However, despite the vast range of grape varieties, the region is still still seen as home of the Trepat variety, considered a native variety to the Conca de Barberà, although it can also be found in Costers del Segre, in the subzone of Río Corb, la Baja Segarra, as well as a small region of the Conca de Tremp. The variety is sensitive to frosts, as well as excoriose (a fungus that can cause damage to the leaves, branches and berries). However, the Trepat has proven to be resistant against Botrytis, but also fears the drought, so the somewhat cool soils turn out to be the most appropriate.It adapts well to most rootstocks and works well with short pruning, but also emits many flare-ups of old wood, forcing growers to practice green pruning.


The Trepat grape produces rosé wines that are light, fresh, fruity, and clean, with a pleasant raspberry colour. Red wines made with the Trepat grape have colours, aromas and a palate that make them truly unique, producing a fresh wine with a color between cherry and ruby ​​and purple trim, while mouth stick notes of red fruits and licorice fused by a spicy touch of pepper and bay leaf.


 


Wines and Wineries in the DO Conca de Barberà.


In 1997, wineries in the region founded the Asociación de Embotelladores de Vinos y Cavas de la Conca de Barberà (the Conca de Barbera Association of Bottlers of Wine and Cava), with the aim of promoting the wines and cavas from the DO Conca de Barberà as high quality products with the warranty seal that comes with the denomincaion of origin classification. Currently the bank has 22 associated wineries, including cooperatives and private wineries.


Abadía de Poblet. This Winery was born out of the wish of the old Cistercian community to get back in touch with the winemaking tradition of this area. The monks of Poblet brought knowledge on the Pinot Noir grape from Burgundy. It all started in the 80s when the Codorníu Raventós Group made an agreement with the monastic community at Poblet on the future exploitation of their vineyard and thus sparked a great remodelling project of the walled spaces and Pinot Noir plantation. In the year 2000, with the vineyard mature, the winery was constructed alongside the monastery which, beginning at the time of construction, would manufacture the wines of the Poblet ranch. Currently the winery produces 4 wines: Abadía de Poblet, a single variety Pinot Noir that is aged for 12 months in barrels; Intramurs de Poblet Negre, a young wine, and blend of 3 different grape varieties, Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; Intramurs de Poblet Blanc, a single variety Chardonnay with work on its lees; and Les Masies de Poblet, another single variety Pinot Noir, aged for 15 months in oak barrels (20% new 80% first year), with production limited to 2,000 bottels.


Celler Escoda-Sanahuja. Situated in Prenafeta, the winery was founded in 1997 under the philosophy of respecting the fruit, hence why the winery has been following the practises of biodynamic agriculture since 2003. The winery only uses only native yeasts and do not carry out any type of filtration, clarification or stabilisation of the wines, and since the 2007 vintage, the winery has produced their wines without the addition of sulphur in order to produce natural wines following biodynamic viticulture. The winery currently produces six wines, 4 reds and 2 white under the labels: Collde Sabater, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, Les Paradetes with Sumoll, Samsó and Garnacha; La llopetera, a single variety Pinot Noir; Nas de Gegant, a blend, Merlot, Garnatxa, Cariñena and Cabernet Franc; as well as their two single variety Chenin Blanc white wines under the labels Els Bassots and Els Bassotets.


Cara Nord. This winery was founded in 2012 by Tomás Cusiné and Xavier Cepero, both of whom have vast experience in the wine industry. The two felt the call of “mountain viticulture” and launched this project with the clear intention to vinify, in the small Poblet Monastery winery, vines that were planted at high altitudes, on the north face (Cara Nord) of the Prades Mountains. The winery currently produces two wines: a white wine blend of Macabeo and Chardonnay, and a red wine blend of Garnacha (42%), Syrah (38%) and Garrut (20%), aged for 6 months in selected French oak barrels.


Bodegas Miguel Torres. This winery decided to set up production in Conca de Barberà, more specifically in the municipality of Vimbodí, where the winery produces two of the best wines in its catalog: the white wine Milmanda and the red wine Grans Muralles. El Milmanda is made from a single plot of vineyard located at the foot of a castle owned by the Torres family where they grow Chardonnay, the wine is fermented and aged in French oak barrels. This wine presents a strong intensity on the nose with floral and fruity notes of pineapple and citrus, with a toasted and spiced background due to its barrel ageing; with a good structure and great complexity, elegant with a long finish. El Grans Muralles owes its name to the walls that surround and protect the Poblet monastery. The unmistakeable identity of Gran Muralles comes from the slate (llicorella) soils, but also in the varieties that the Torres family managed to recover, such as the Garró and Samso, together with using modern techniques of viticulture. These varieties together with the Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre up the spirit of this wine of intense aroma and complex, they appear floral notes combined with ripe fruit (Granada) and green leaf; palate with good structure and fresh acidity, with power and nerve and a long finish.


VIns de Pedra. This winery is a personal project by the oenologist Marta Pedra, who together with her husband founded the La Vinyeta winery in Empordà. The winery produces 4 very personal wines, each with a defined character. La Musa is a red wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Melot grapes taken from vines aged around 30 years, cultivated on calcareous clay soils poor in organic matter at altitudes of 400m, aged for 10-12 months in new French oak barrels. The wine is expressive on the nose, with notes of coca and chocolate, and ripe fruit, with balsamic aromas, toasted with some spicy notes of black pepper. Trempat is their single variety made with the Trepat grape. Then there is Negre de Folls, a young wine produced as a puzzle of native varieties, with intense aromas of raspberry and other fruits with a touch of pepper and liquorice, with mature well integrated tannins, a balsamic finish, easy to drink.  L’Orni is their single variety Chardonnay, made with grapes taken from 15 year old vineyards cultivated at 350 metres above sea level, on calcareous soils poor in organic matter, with an interesting bâttonage work on lees.


Clos de Paguera Vilosell. The winery is located in Les Garriques and is a relatively young project led by Xavier Nogué. The winery, along with other 5 winemakers, produces their wines with the Cooperativa de Barberà de la Conca using vineyards planted at an altitude of 700 metres located in the municipalities of Vimbodí and Poblet, on various plots which together span 50 hectares on llicorella soils and are on average 20 years old. One of the wineries greatest feats is their wine Vermell de Peguera, a young single variety Monastrell that won the Gran Vinari d'Or for best catalan wine at the 2015 Vinari awards. Other wines produced by the winery include: 8 Dies, a young red wine, made with a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Garnacha and Gerrut; their white wine 3 Ceps, a blend of Chardonnay, Macabeo and Albariño; and a rosé. 

Outstanding wines from the D.O. Conca de Barberà:

  • Cara Nord Blanc 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Cara Nord. Production area: Conca de Barberà.

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    Cara Nord Blanc 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Cara Nord. Production area: Conca de Barberà.

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  • Josep Foraster Trepat 2014

    Red wine Barrel. 5 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Mas Foraster. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Trepat.

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    Josep Foraster Trepat 2014

    Red wine Barrel. 5 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Mas Foraster. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Trepat.

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  • Els Bassotets 2015

    White wine. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Escoda Sanahuja. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chenín Blanc.

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    Els Bassotets 2015

    White wine. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Escoda Sanahuja. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chenín Blanc.

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  • Milmanda 2013

    White wine Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Torres. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay.

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    Milmanda 2013

    White wine Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Torres. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay.

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  • L'Orni 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Vins de Pedra. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay.

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    L'Orni 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Vins de Pedra. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay.

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  • Intramurs de Poblet Negre 2015

    Red wine Young. 4 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Abadía de Poblet. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and Tempranillo.

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    Intramurs de Poblet Negre 2015

    Red wine Young. 4 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Abadía de Poblet. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and Tempranillo.

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  • Les Paradetes 2013

    Red wine Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Escoda Sanahuja. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Sumoll and Samsó.

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    Les Paradetes 2013

    Red wine Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Escoda Sanahuja. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Garnacha Tinta and Sumoll and Samsó.

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  • Els Bassots 2014

    White wine Barrel. 4 months in French, Nevers oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Escoda Sanahuja. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chenín Blanc.

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    Els Bassots 2014

    White wine Barrel. 4 months in French, Nevers oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Escoda Sanahuja. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chenín Blanc.

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  • 8 Dies 2014

    Red wine Young. 2 months in tank and 10 months in bottle. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos de Peguera. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Monastrell and Merlot and Garnacha Tinta and Cabernet Franc.

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    8 Dies 2014

    Red wine Young. 2 months in tank and 10 months in bottle. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos de Peguera. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Monastrell and Merlot and Garnacha Tinta and Cabernet Franc.

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  • 3 Ceps 2014

    White wine Young. 4 months in tank. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos de Peguera. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay and Albariño and Macabeo.

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    3 Ceps 2014

    White wine Young. 4 months in tank. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos de Peguera. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay and Albariño and Macabeo.

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  • Vermell de Peguera 2014

    Red wine Young. 4 months in tank and 8 months in bottle. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos de Peguera. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Monastrell.

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    Vermell de Peguera 2014

    Red wine Young. 4 months in tank and 8 months in bottle. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos de Peguera. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Monastrell.

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  • La Llopetera 2013

    Red wine Barrel. 6 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Escoda Sanahuja. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Pinot Noir.

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    La Llopetera 2013

    Red wine Barrel. 6 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Escoda Sanahuja. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Pinot Noir.

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  • Clos MontBlanc Syrah Premium 2012

    Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French and American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos Mont-Blanc. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Syrah.

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    Clos MontBlanc Syrah Premium 2012

    Red wine Crianza. 12 months in French and American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos Mont-Blanc. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Syrah.

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  • Intramurs de Poblet Blanc 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Abadía de Poblet. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay.

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    Intramurs de Poblet Blanc 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Abadía de Poblet. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay.

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  • La Musa 2013

    Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Vins de Pedra. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Merlot.

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    La Musa 2013

    Red wine Barrel. 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Vins de Pedra. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Merlot.

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  • Abadia de Poblet 2012

    Red wine Reserva. 6 months in bottle and 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Abadía de Poblet. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Pinot Noir.

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    Abadia de Poblet 2012

    Red wine Reserva. 6 months in bottle and 12 months in French oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Abadía de Poblet. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Pinot Noir.

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  • Cara Nord Negre 2014

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Cara Nord. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Other red varieties.

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    Cara Nord Negre 2014

    Red wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Cara Nord. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Other red varieties.

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  • Clos MontBlanc Merlot Premium 2011

    Red wine Crianza. 12 months in American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos Mont-Blanc. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Merlot.

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    Clos MontBlanc Merlot Premium 2011

    Red wine Crianza. 12 months in American oak barrels. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Clos Mont-Blanc. Production area: Conca de Barberà. Grapes used in this wine: Merlot.

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