D.O. Penedès

Today, the D.O Penedès is experimenting with viticulture and winemaking like no other region in Spain, home to a vast range of different grape varieties. The region is home to traditional white and red varieties, foreign ones, noble ones, as well as those that demostrate instrisic qualities. As well as the grapes, the production techniques used are also worth noting, the location of the vineyards, the yields per hectare, the wines produced using traditional, original or even exclusive blends, the different ageing times, as well as the complexity of the different barrels used!  But the reality is, given the vast diversity, it can be difficult to pinpoint what really defines a wine from the Penedès, since there are so many types of wines and wineries in the region. However, there is one common denominator of the wines from Penedès, and that’s balance and quality.

There are documents that date the cultivation of vines and winemaking in the Penedès back to the 4th century. There is even mention of it by Avieno in his “Oro martima” in the 5th century BC, although the imrpovement of agricultural structures did arrive until the arrival of the Roman Empire. Writers such as Pilnio, Silio, Itálico and Marcial praised and described the wines of the Leiatani regions. The Vía Augusta, which crossed the Penedès, was one of the main Roman trading routes, and brought together the wine routes from Ródano, Ebro, Duero and Guadalquivir.


The red wines were more prized than the whites, which was always the case across the Mediterranean, since darker wines were considered the best offering for Bacchus. Wine production quality was maintained during the Middle Ages, although Islamic settlements did not favour the cultivation of vines in certain areas of the Penedès. Neither were the good commercial prospects of the eighteenth and nineteeth centuries taken advantage of by the Penedès, who focused their viticulture on mass production, following the bad policies that the French had put into place in Rosellón.


But soon, eighteenth century Spanish expansion into South America generated an unprecedented demand for Penedès wines, which has barely abated since. Wines from the Penedès were then exported in high numbers to France due to the outbreak of phylloxera in French vineyards. Both of these events helped launch Penedès wines into their goldern era.


Due to the success in the region, winemakers in the Penedès began to produce sparkling wines using the “method champenoise”, but by the end of the century, the phylloxera outbreak reached Catalonia after crossing the Pyrenees.However, once phylloxera reached Catalonia through Gerona in 1879, the way to fight this insect was already known, this was by grafting the vine to American rootstock that is resistant to the insect. In Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, a group of farmers and wine producers, amongst which were Marc Mir and Manuel Raventós, committed themselves to a fast renovation of the vineyards. The “Centre Vitícola del Penedès” was also installed, which would later become the biggest provider of American rootstock to the rest of Spain.


A one effect of which was a large-scale change in the predominant grape types in the region. The economic benefits of Sparkling wine saw growers opt for white varities, while abandoning their red counterparts, which were not only less productive, but were in little demand at the time. Because of this, the region virtually lost all of their native ancestral strains, such as Garrut, Terret Negra, Morastell, Trepat, Sumoll, and Mando, among other. Only the traditional red varieties, Garnacha, Monastrell and Cariñena continued being grown, as well as produced throughout the Mediterranean, from Jumilla and Priorat to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, as a unique testimony of tradition.


Wine of real quality began to be bottled at the beginning of the twentieth century, leading to the D.O Penedès being officially recognised in 1960. From then on winemakers and growers began to introduce technology into their production of sparkling wines, with stainless steel facilities and cold fermentation. Winemakers in the region were pioneers in Spain, as well as the first to introduce grape varieties from France.


The D.O Penedès is situated in the north-east of Spain, in the autonomous community of Catalonia in the province of Barcelona. The Penedès region is wide and open, covering a long strip of land between the sea and the mountains, half-way between Barcelona and Tarragona. The vineyards are situated in the heart of the inland Catalan depression, between the inland mountains and the small plains of the mediterranean coast. The region is home to around 24.300 hectares of vineyards, which span across 47 different municipalities, and are worked by 2,900 winemakers. There are a total of 170 registered bodegas in the region. The DO is also made up of three distinct zones: The Penedès Superior (near the inland mountain range), The Penedès Marítim (between the sea and the coastal hills) and the plain between these areas, known as the Penedès Central.


Initially the D.O Penedès was the gateway into understanding the business of wine, where grape varieties were authorized where necessary to produce the needed wines. Although this mentality worked from the beginning of the 80´s until the late 2010’s, in recent years it has changed, especially with the Plan Estratégico de Penedès, which saw efforts concentrated to the cultivation of the Xarel.lo grape variety, which almost became the exclusive grape of the region. It must be said that taking into account the size and strategic importance of this DO, the changes are well under way, and also that the Regulatory Council of the DO Penedès has also successful followed a strategy of classifying a smaller part of the production of sparkling wines under umbrella brand Clàssic Penedès, or even the study and approval of subzones within the territory of the DO.


It is clear that there is an important Frenc influence on the regiom, but now the strength of the region lies with its grape varieties: from the Xarel.lo, which attracts the R&D of many different producers and winemakers; the Macabeo, which although not widely cultivated has shown a lot of potential. Then there are the red varieties, such as Sumoll, which has been a breakout star in the past years. Other options include Garnacha Tinta and Tempranillo, as well as Balado, a variety that seems to have been recovered from nowhere, without any news of its existence until a couple of years ago. It will be interesting to see which direction the wineries in the region decide to take in regards to the choice of grape varieties for the production of red wine, assuming that the Penedès is also a place to achieve red wines with character.


Not only is there a lot of potential for the future, but this has historically been a pioneering region that has been at the forefront, making trends that affect others due to its economic power. Therefore changes that are carried out in the DO, such as those that have occurred in the past 50 years, are likely to influence many of the wineries across Spaim. In this sense, responsibility is twofold , and before making any step, the DO Penedès should be aware of the importance that their decisions have had in the recent past.


Climate, Soils and Varieties.

The DO is made up of three distinct zones: The Penedès Superior (near the inland mountain range), The Penedès Marítim (between the sea and the coastal hills) and the plain between these areas, known as the Penedès Central.The climate is typically Mediterranean, mild and warm. The Penedès Marítim (Baix Penedès and Garraf counties) is milder due to the proximity of the sea. The Penedès Superior (Alt Penedès, Alt Camp, Anoia and Baix Llobregat counties) has higher rainfall and larger contrasts between maximum and minimum temperatures. The Penedès Central (made up mostly of the Alt Penedès county) is a mixture of the two microclimates.


The soils of the three sub zones have similar characteristics: rich is phosphorus, low potassium levels, and around 20% limestone on average. In the lower regions, the soils are sandy, while those in the higher regions are calcareous with a prominence of clay.


Concerning grape varieties, one of the clearest advantages of the Penedès region is the climate, which enjoys a wide variety of micro-climates, marked by the different altitudes and the proximity of the sea. The red varieties include Tempranillo, Garnacha, Samsó, Sumoll, Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Franc among others. White varieties permitte cultivated include Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada, Subirat Parent, Moscatel de Alejandra, Moscatel de grano menudo, Sitges Malvasia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc. Of the 24,300 hectares of vineyards, over 19,000 hectares are used for the cultivation of white varieties, while the rest is used for red. The most cultivated white variety is the Xarel·lo, with about 7,000 hectares, which is followed with 5,300 of Macabeo and Parellada with about 4,500 hectares. En tintas, la variedad más cultivada es la Merlot con unas 1.770 hectáreas, seguida de la Cabernet Sauvignon con 1.170 y muy de cerca la Tempranillo (Ull de Llebre) con 1.150. In red, the most widely grown variety is Merlot with some 1,770 hectares, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon with 1,170 and closely Tempranillo (Ull de Llebre) with 1,150.


 


Classification of Subareas of the DO Penedès.


A new map of subzones within the D.O Penedès was created with the aim of continuing the approach taken by the Regulatory Counil and at the request of many wineries to add importance and value to the particular area where a wine is made. From the point of view of producers, it is important that consumers know the differences in different areas, since each produces a completely different wine depending on the soil and climate they come from. En definitiva, se trata de poner en valor, no sólo la DO o los vinos de las bodegas, sino también el terreno en el que se cultivan las viñas. Ultimately, it adds value, not only DO wines or wineries, but also the land on which the vines are grown. This is why in April 2015, the DO Penedès unanimously approved the map of subzones, made ​​from a soil survey that has been created over the past 15 years, helping enrich the content of the wine in terms of the soils and climate.  


From this study, it has actually been determined that the Penedès area is home to 96 different types of soils, classified by climate, inclinations, and sun exposure, as well as other factors. Given this data, the Penedès can be defined into seven different distinct areas: Conca del riu Anoia, Valls del Bitlles Anoia, la Conca del riu Foix, Serra d’Ancosa, Massís del Garraf i Costers de l’Ordal, Marina del Garraf and Costers del Montmell. Following the creation of these subzones, the  bsecond step of the project  saw general and specific regulations for each subarea approved, with the collaboration of the wineries involved. This, however, is an issue that is still hotly debated.  



The Clàssic Penedès.


Quality sparkling wines have been part of the DO Penedès since its beginnings, although always in much smaller quantities than still wines. However, since 2013 a number of new producers have joined the DO increasing the weight of these wines inside the DO Penedès. In 2014 these wines are given the brand name of Clàssic Penedès, and a new line of regulations is drawn up to better define the product. Clàssic Penedès follows the traditional and ancestral method for elaborating quality sparkling wines used around the world. It stands out in three principal areas:


100% Organic. With this requirement, the DO Penedès became the first 100% organic sparkling wine appellation in the world. Clàssic Penedès sparkling wines carry the guarantee of an agriculture that respects its environment, using traditional farming methods and 100% organic treatments, making the DO Penedès the appellation that heads both quantitatively and qualitatively the ranking of organic production in Catalonia and the whole of Spain.


100% Penedès. One of the key strengths of Clàssic Penedès is the territorial guarantee that comes with being part of the DO Penedès. It is a product with a clear identity, whose production is limited strictly to the DO Penedès, promoting above all the ancestral and indigenous varieties of this area.


100% Reserva. Strictly following the traditional and ancestral methods, with the objective of consolidating Clàssic Penedès among the best sparkling wines in the world, our producers must hold Clàssic Penedès wines for at least 15 months in the cellar.


Some wineries have actually left the D.O. Cava, integrating their sparkling wines into the DO Penedès under the Clàssic Penedès classification. These wineries include; Albert i Noya, Bonans, Castell de Pujades, Celler Cal Costas, Celler Can Morral of Moli, Celler Grapisso, Celler Puig Romeu, Cellers AT Roca, Clos Lentiscus, Colet, Loxarel, Bertran Mas, Mas Comtal Mas dels Clavers Can Gallego and Torre del Veguer.


 


Wines and Wineries.


The Penedès is region home to a vast number wineries, the majority of which produce a wide range of wines: reds, whites, rosés, sparkling and still wines. Given the sheer amount offered by the region, it would be impossible to mention all of them on this post. However, the territory is relatively small and there are different and varied wine routes that allow us to visit both unique wineries and at the same time, meet some historical charms of the region.


Pares Balta. Situated in the Pacs del Penedès, this is a century old winery that has managed to maintain its traditional and familiar character and has been a clear example of the blend between old and new in the Penedès. The winery boasts a rich heritage, with five beautiful estates situated in five different municipalities, each cultivated following the practises of organic and biodynamic agriculture, (Demeter certified since 2012.) The winery cultivates over half a dozen white varieties, as well as reds, which used to produce wines using modern techniques, including natural wines, as well as some produced in clay amphorae. The winery produces a range of over 30 wines, including whites, reds, rosés, sparkling wines, offering both single variety and coupage wines.


Jané Ventura. This winery was founded in 1914 by the great grandfather of the current owner, Gerard Ventura. The company began by selling local wines until 1985, when Benjamí Jané Ventura, the father of Gerard, laid the foundations for the winery, led the business and created the Jané Ventura brand. The winery began producing cava in 1990, and red wine a year later in 1991. The main aim of the winery is to produce unique and distinct wines that reflect the passion and affection that the owners and growers have for the local terroir, a love that is evident in the design of the label itself, which show a symbolism inspired by the elements of the environment. (wheel car, a palm, a fox, a sheet of mastic, a reference to the peak of El Montmell, etc.). The winery is currently home to two farms, both located in the Baix Penedès subzone. The first, the Finca Els Camps, is situated 450 metres above sea level in the municipality of Juncosa del Montmell, where the vines are up to 50 years old. Then there is the Mas Vilella estate, 250 metres above sea level, in the municipality of La Bisbal del Penedès, situated in a typical twelth century Calatan farmhouse that was renovated to make way for the winery, and was purchased with the determination to obtain special prestige wines, vinifying minimalist way. The winery produces a large range of wines, from whites, rosés, and reds under the Selección de Viñas collection ,as well as 3 estate wines: the Mas Vilella tinto, a Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged for 13 months in French oak barrels; the Finca Els Camps blanco, a blend of Masabeo (85%) and Malvasía de Sitges; and Finca Els Camp tinto, a Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), aged for 12 months in first year French oak barrels. The winery also produces a collection of “Ediciones Especiales” with a single variety Malvasía de Sitges white wine, a single variety Sumoll, a well-aged cava and the 1914, which is aged for 60 months, as well as a traditional collection of sparkling wines.

Huguet de Can Feixes. This is another family winery located in a fifteenth century manor house, whose oldest written reference dates back to 1400, when the Feixes family cultivated land ceded by the Baron de Cabrera. The Huguet family took over the estate during the early 20th century, and in the 1980’s, a new stage with the second and third generation of the family began to implement the spirit and philosophy of the traditional château. The first bottle under the Can Feixes brand was released onto the market in 1984. The winery is currently home to 80 hectares of vineyards, where both native and international grape varieties are grown. Their facilities include 225 oak barrels. The winery produces interesting white and red wines that have been extremely well received by consumers in the past few years. Their wines come under the Can Feixses label, while their cavas come under the Huguet brand. Under the Can Feixes label, the winery produces: a red crianza, a blend of Merlot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Ull de Llebre (20%); a single variety Chardonnay, as well as a Blanc Selecció, a blend of parellada, macabeo and chardonnay. As for the other line of the winery, the Huguet Cavas, production is limited and bottles numbered Clàssic Brut, Brut Nature Gran Reserva Cava and sold.


Jean Leon. This winery has been in the hands of the Torres family since 1994, but the winery tells the story of a pioneer who planted various varieties in the Penedès. The winery was opened by Ceferino Carrión. Born in Santander in 1928, Carrión embarked on a long journey at 19 which took him to Paris and later New York. He travelled across the United States, arriving in Hollywood, where his life would begin to change. As many actors did at the time, Carrión changed his name to Jean Leon. After working for Frank Sintara and Joe di Maggio, he befriended James Jean, opening the La Scala restaurant with him in April 1956 in the heart of Beverly Hills, a hotspot for celebrities at the time. A good host, Jean Leon always chose the wines carefully, eventually deciding to embark on his second great adventure in the viticulture and winemaking industry. He travelled the world in search of the ideal land, before arriving at Catalonia, and in 1962, he acquired the best land in the region and created the Pago Jean Leon, 150 hectares. To the surprise of many winegrowers in the Penedès, he began to plany straines from France, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay, previously unknown in the area. It was here that the journey of the Jean Leon winery began, a pioneer in Spain in winemaking following the concept of château or single vineyard. Among their brands include the Vinos de Pago, such as Jean León Chardonnay Viña Gigi, fermented and aged in small French oak barrels and currently distinguished as “Vi Finca”, then there is Jean León Merlot, which comes from the Viña de Palau, followed by the mythical Jean León Sauvignon Gran Reserva, first produced in 1969, made with grapes taken from the La Scala vineyard. Then there is the special red Zemis, first produced from the 2000 vintage.


Agusti Torelló Mata, known as “the man of cava”, as helped desively contribute to the  momentum of cava, all while holding positions responsibility in important wineries in the area such as Segura Viudas and Marqués de Monistrol. En 1960 hizo su apuesta personal junto a su esposa y su familia con la creación de su propia bodega. In 1960, he decided to create his own winery, together with his wife and family. Since then, the hard work, enthusiasm and passion of a whole family has been evident in the personality of their wines and cavas. The winery has been loyal with the use of native grape varieties (Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Parellada), carefully cultivating their vineyards controlled conditions. The cavas a produced using the most advanced techniques, with the winemaking process carried out with the use of native yeasts. The winery also produces still wines under the D.O Penedès classificaiton, such as the white wine Xic, a single variety Xarel.lo made through organic viticulture, which spends 3 months on its lees. Then there is Aptià, a single variety Macabeo, which ferments in French oak barrels for 6 months.


Caves Llopart. This is a family winery where peronality and style of their wines and cavas is defined by the unique location of its vineyards, impecable production process, and specific land and tradition. The winery is situated in the Heretat de Can Llopart, and is one of the oldest viticultural estates in the region, as witnessed by a document conserved by the family written in Latin and dated 1385. This winery is characterized by outstanding quality and great prestige. Llopart produced their first bottles of cavain 1887, in the old cellars of the farmhouse, which have since been renovated, along with a vinification and ageing room a modern cellar built into the center of the estate. The winery is now home to 70 hectares of vineyards, located in a mountainous area, and produces 2 wines as well as a wide range of champagnes. Their wines include El Castell de Subirat, a red reserva blend of Merlot, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, silky and well structures, with round and soft tannins. Then there is Llopart Vitis, made with Xarel.lo, Subirat Parent and Muscat. The winery also produces Llopart Clos dels Fòssils, a blend of Xarel.lo (65%) and Chardonnay (35%) from the Clos dels Fossils vineyard, with a layer of reef limestone with abundant remains of marine fossils forming terraces and slopes, this wine is aged for 4 months in French oak barrels of Allier. 


Gramona. Gramona is one of the historic wineries of the Penedès region. The family began producing sparkling wines under the names of Victoria, Gramon, Clos du Marquis and Ninon de Lenclos, before deciding on the Gramona brand in the 1940´s. The winery is currently in led by the fifth generation of the same family, in the hands of Jaume Gamona (son of Jose Luís), current winemaker), and Xavier Gramona (son of Bartolomé). The winery produces a complete range of cavas, as well as still wines under the DO Penedès classification. Their collection of wines include the white wines Ovum and Font Jui, made following the principles of organic viticulture, and Roent made following the practices of Biodynamic viticulture, all produced with the Xarel.lo grape variety. Then there is Gramona Sauvignon Blanc fermented in the barrel, and Gramona Chardonnay, followed by the Vino de Pago Mas Escorpí, a single variety chardonnay again made following organic viticultural techniques. In regards to their red wines, there is Bru de Gramona, a Pinot Noir. The winery also produces two young fruity wines: Gessamí, a blend of Muscat de Frontignan (40%), Sauvignon Blanc (35%) and Gewurtztraminer (25%), one of the most impressive white wines made in recent times worthy Catalonia several awards: and the rosé Gramona Primeur, a Syrah wine made produced through organic farming. También tienen muy buena acogida en el marcado sus dos vinos de aguja, el Mustillant de Gramona Blanco y el Rosado. They also have very good reception in marking his two sparkling wines, the Mustillant de Gramona Blanco y el Rosado. Other works include two sweet wines (a Riesling and a Gewürtztraminer) which go by the name of Gel Vi, as well as Frisant Gel, a sweet white needle also made with Gewurtztraminer.


Colet Vinos y Cavas. This winery serves as a great example of the wineries who produce sparkling wines under the DO. Penedès and Classic Penedès classifications. The winery is led by the oenologist Sergi Colet, with only 100,000 bottles being produced each year. The winery is functional and compact, and worked with both native and foreign grape varieties. The current range of the winery is composed of a still Xarel.lo white wine, as well as six extra-brut cavas, including “Tradition”, made with a traditional blend of grapes, Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo. Then there is A Priori, a slightly different cava, fresh, clean, light and refreshing, aimed at a younger audience with its modern image, with a predominance of fruit and a mixture of five different varieties. Another sparkling wine by the winery is Assemblage, half Pinot Noir half Chardonnay, this is an original sparkling wine which differs from the usual pink champagne. Originality, creativity and daring of these cavas sometimes collides with the rigid regulations of the DO Cava, but consumers value the value, quality and passion above all.


Juvé y Camps. The history of this family winery dates back to 1796, although it was in the 1960’s when the  grandchildren of the founders brought new life into the company and consolidated what is now an unblemished reputation. The culmination of the dream later came with the construction, aided by Josep Raventos Juvé, of a new winery, with new production and ageing facilities, in the purest château style on the Espiells estate. Their new modern winery is home to the latest technology, where they produce both cavas and still wines under the D.O Penedès classification. The range of wines include: Ermita d’Espiells, a blend of Macabeo, Xarel.lo and Parellada: Miranda d’Espiells, a single variety Chardonnay wine fermented in barrels; Flor d’Espiells, a Vino de Pago aged for 8 months. Regarding their reds, their wines include: Casa Vella d’Espiells, a blend of Cabernet (85%) and Merlot, aged for 12 months and aged in French and American oak barrels; Viña Escarlata, a single variety Merlot aged for 12 months; and their newest addition Lohanaes, a single variety Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon aged for a new French oak barrels.


 Raventós I Blanc. This is a personal project founded in 1984 by Josep Maria Raventós Blanc and his son Manual. The winery was founded with the clear philosophy of producing wines with their own grapes. Raventós i Blanc offers a wide range of wines from the D.O Penedès. The winery produces two still young wines: Perfum de Vi Blanc, an agile white, made with a blend of Macabeo (60%) and Moscatel (40%), it is fresh and lovey, while the Moscatel gives it a subtle aromatic profile marked vine flower notes and a hint table grape flavour: the La Rosa, a new modern pale rosé, made with the Pinot Noir grape, which gives the wine a freshness and lightness of a very Mediterranean style wine. Their white wine Extrem an authentic natural wine, a single variety Xarel.lo, that manages to capture and express the terroir of the Viña del Serral estate, which is divded into several plots which Xarel·los are obtained with different characteristics. Intensive work on the lees which give long life, more mouthfeel and protect the wine from oxidation, and can work with a reduced use of sulfur added is performed. Then there is Silencis, a single variety Xarel·lo white wine, with an acidic, saline high expression, which comes from soils with Miocene marine fossils, from 50 year old vines, to which is applied a work on lees and bottled without stabilize or filter. Then finally there is the red wine Isabel Negra, which is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and a touch of Monastrell.


Albet i Noya. This winery was founded in 1979 and is home to 70 hectares of vineyards, situated between Subirats and Mediona. The winery produces a range of wines and cavas using organic production techniques, and is a Pioneer in organic viticulture in Spain. In addition to their cavas, Albet i Noya is also know for their collection of still wines, white 9 whites, 1 rosé and 10 reds. Their collection of whites includes Fanio, which represents the essence of the Xarel.lo grapes taken from old vineyards. This wine is produced in cement eggs and acacia barrels, respecting the purity of the wine. Then there is the Marina Rión, made with an unknown grape variety and named after the great-grandmother of Josep Maria Albet, and is the first is the first white variety of the recovery project abandoned varieties that have become commercial production. Then there is their classic Albet i Noya Chardonnay Colección, which ferments in new oak barrels, remaining on its lees before completeing its ageing in wood for 8 months. One of their most unique white wines is the Blanc XXV, a blend of Viognier, Vidal and Marina Rión, with a presence in the barrel. Concerning their red wines, the winery produces La Milana, a blend of Caladoc, Ull de Llbre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the grapes taken from 11 terraces from a total of 7 hectares, and is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. Another red worth mentioning is Belat,  produced using a single grape variety (Belat) that was  abandoned after the phylloxera plague and was not recovered until the ‘90’s by Albet i Noya, it is aged for 14 months in French oak. Then there is one of their classic reds, Reserva Martí, a blend of Ull de Llebre, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, taken from the oldest vines of the estate, aged for 24 months in French oak barrels. The winery also produces 7 sparkling wines under the DO Penedès classification, including Brut 21 and Brut Barrica 21.


Sumarroca. Founded in 1983, this family winery has strived for innovation in the world of cavas and still wines in the Penedès.  The Sumarroca family’s connection to viticulture began in the town of Llimiana (Pellars Jussà), moving to the Penedès in the 1980’s where they accquired the Molí Coloma (36 ha) and Sabartés (24 ha) estates. In 1999, the family accquired the former property of Marqués de Monistrol, which was then renamed the Finca Sumarroca, which is spans over 400 hectares and is one of the largest plots in the region. The winery works on the philosophy of producing wines using their own resources and raw materials, and maintaining a médium size businesses to allow them to participate in research and development and preserve the personalized service that only small wineries can offer. Sumarroca offers a wide range of cavas and a line of still wines, which is predominantly made up of single variety white wines (Muscat, Chardonnay, Riesling, gewurtztraminer, etc.).


Can Ràfols dels Caus is the name of the estate owned by Carlos Esteva in Avinyonet del Penedès, acquired by the grandfather, Jacinto Esteva in 1930 and with a long tradition of growing grapes and making wine (there is a prize registered from the Universal Exposition in Barcelona in 1888 to a red wine from this estate). In 1979, Carlos Esteva decided to move to the estate of his grandfather, renovating a farmhouse (which dated back to 1634), and regenerating the vineyards to start producing the wines under the philosophy of the importance of the terroir, the satisfaction of doing things well, and the wisdom of nature and of the highest quality. The vines are cultivated following the principles of organic viticulture, while the winemaking process is carried out in a way to help express the properties of the fruit and terrain. The latest project of this entrepreneur is the construction of a new winery, modern facilities intergrated into the landscape of the Garraf that has allowed the winery to continue improcing and enhancing the quality of their products. Their range of products includes five whites, Petit Caus, Gran Caus, El Rocallís, La Calma and Xarel.lo Pairal. The labels Gran Caus and Petit Caus are used for two exceptional rosé wines and two reds, followed by the Cuvée Syrah, AD Fines, Caus Lubis and a reserva especial that celebrates the 20th anniversary.


Alemany I Corrió. This winery is perhaps the perfect example of a boutique winery, situated in a small warehouse in the Vilafranca del Penedès, where the married couple Laurent Corrió and Irene Alemany (both oenologists), began their personal adventure in 1999 after passing through Burgundy. The vineyard of the Alemany family spans around 8 hectares and in situated in Lavern (Subirats), and is home to numerous varieties, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan. Each plot is studied carefully to better understand the land and establish the potential for each variety in each place. The various grape varieties are vinified separately in stainless steel tanks of various volumes and annual production is around 18,500 bottles, producing their two wines Sot Lefriec and Pas Curtei. The first, Sot Lefriec, was first produced during the 1999 harvest, put onto the market in 2000, and is a blend of the three varieties cultivated by the winery. Then in 2003 came Pas Curtei, in the same line as his predecessor, a young red crianza. The winery’s latest additions include the white wine Principia Mathematica, made with Xarel.lo grapes taken from old vines grown in the Sierra del Garraf, and in Cargol Treu Vi, with only 1,200 bottles produced per vintage. This wine reflects the character and personality of the Xarel.lo grapes that grow on 70 year old vines on the Garraf massif.


Miguel Torres. This is perhaps one of the most prestigious wineries in the Penedès region, as well as all of Catalonia. The Torres name has been associated with wine for over three centuries, when the family settled in the Penedès, dedicating themselves to cultivating their land, passing on their passion and commitment down the generations. Commercial activity began in 1800, when a horse-drawn cart was used to carry wooden barrels of wine. It was the return of Jaime Torress Vendrell from Cuba that saw the Torres family see domestic and international expansion, and, in 1870, Jaime and Miguel Torress Vendrall along with their father founded the Torres company and CIA and saw the construction of the first winery in Vilafranca. Bodegas Torres began exporting its wines to European and American markets, the in the 20th century, Juan Torres Casals began to produce brandy, aged in Limousin oak. A generation later, the great global expansion begins thanks to the tenacity and entrepreneurship of Miguel Torres Carbo, and many steps taken throughout its history to consolidate the surname Torres. Today, in the range of Torres wines with DO Penedès red wines include Reserva Real, Mas La Plana, Mas Borràs, Gran Coronas and Atrium Merlot, while their white wines include Fransola, Waltrraud, Gran Viñas Sol and Atrium Chardonnay.

Outstanding wines from the D.O. Penedès:

  • Albet i Noya Finca La Milana 2013

    Red wine Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Albet i Noya. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Ull de Llebre and Merlot and Caladoc.

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    Albet i Noya Finca La Milana 2013

    Red wine Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Albet i Noya. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Ull de Llebre and Merlot and Caladoc.

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  • Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Jean Leon. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay.

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    Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Jean Leon. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay.

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  • La Salada Tinc Set Ancestral 2016

    Other sparkling wines Ancestral method. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Celler La Salada. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Macabeo and Xarel·lo.

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    La Salada Tinc Set Ancestral 2016

    Other sparkling wines Ancestral method. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Celler La Salada. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Macabeo and Xarel·lo.

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  • Nun Vinya dels Taus 2015

    White wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Enric Soler - Cal Raspallet Viticultors. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Xarel·lo.

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    Nun Vinya dels Taus 2015

    White wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Enric Soler - Cal Raspallet Viticultors. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Xarel·lo.

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  • Nun Vinya dels Taus Magnum 2015

    White wine Barrel. Volume: Magnum Winery: Enric Soler - Cal Raspallet Viticultors. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Xarel·lo.

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    Nun Vinya dels Taus Magnum 2015

    White wine Barrel. Volume: Magnum Winery: Enric Soler - Cal Raspallet Viticultors. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Xarel·lo.

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  • Jean Leon 3055 Rosé 2016

    Rosé wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Jean Leon. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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    Jean Leon 3055 Rosé 2016

    Rosé wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Jean Leon. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

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  • Ermita d'Espiells Rosé 2015

    Rosé wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Juvé y Camps. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Pinot Noir and Syrah.

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    Ermita d'Espiells Rosé 2015

    Rosé wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Juvé y Camps. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Pinot Noir and Syrah.

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  • Ermita d'Espiells 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Juvé y Camps. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay and Xarel·lo and Macabeo and Parellada.

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    Ermita d'Espiells 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Juvé y Camps. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay and Xarel·lo and Macabeo and Parellada.

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  • Jean Leon Vinya Le Havre 2011

    Red wine Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Jean Leon. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

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    Jean Leon Vinya Le Havre 2011

    Red wine Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Jean Leon. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

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  • Jean Leon Vinya La Scala 2009

    Red wine Gran Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Jean Leon. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon.

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    Jean Leon Vinya La Scala 2009

    Red wine Gran Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Jean Leon. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Cabernet Sauvignon.

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  • Gramona Gessamí 2016

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Gramona. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel de Frontignon and Moscatel de Alejandría.

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    Gramona Gessamí 2016

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Gramona. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel de Frontignon and Moscatel de Alejandría.

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  • AT Roca Brut Reserva 2014

    Other sparkling wines Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: AT Roca. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Macabeo and Parellada and Xarel·lo.

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    AT Roca Brut Reserva 2014

    Other sparkling wines Crianza. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: AT Roca. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Macabeo and Parellada and Xarel·lo.

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  • Finca Parera Fosc 2015

    Red wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Finca Parera. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Syrah and Ull de Llebre and Sumoll.

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    Finca Parera Fosc 2015

    Red wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Finca Parera. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Syrah and Ull de Llebre and Sumoll.

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  • Finca Parera Roig 2015

    Rosé wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Finca Parera. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Sumoll and Ull de Llebre.

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    Finca Parera Roig 2015

    Rosé wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Finca Parera. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Sumoll and Ull de Llebre.

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  • Finca Parera Clar 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Finca Parera. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer and Xarel·lo.

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    Finca Parera Clar 2015

    White wine Young. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Finca Parera. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer and Xarel·lo.

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  • Vega de Ribes Sasserra 2013

    White wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Vega de Ribes. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Malvasía de Sitges.

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    Vega de Ribes Sasserra 2013

    White wine Barrel. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Vega de Ribes. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Malvasía de Sitges.

    • Parker: 91
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  • AT Roca Rosat Brut 2014

    Other sparkling wines Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: AT Roca. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Monastrell and Macabeo.

    • Parker 90
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    AT Roca Rosat Brut 2014

    Other sparkling wines Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: AT Roca. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Monastrell and Macabeo.

    • Parker: 90
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  • Albet i Noya Brut Reserva 2013

    Other sparkling wines Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Albet i Noya. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay and Xarel·lo and Macabeo and Parellada.

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    Albet i Noya Brut Reserva 2013

    Other sparkling wines Reserva. Volume: 75 cl. Winery: Albet i Noya. Production area: Penedès. Grapes used in this wine: Chardonnay and Xarel·lo and Macabeo and Parellada.

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