Viticulture has thrived in the North Eastern corner of Spain and Southern France ever since the Greeks started it here centuries ago. Specialties of this region include mostly red wines, intense cherry-colored rosés and Garnacha de L’Empordá, a sweet and silky dessert wine. Sometimes the high quality wines of this region are blended with “crianza” vintage wines to produce a unique bouquet with a complex, spicy, tasty and full flavor.
One of the most popular wineries in the region today is Castell de Perelada. The symbol of this vineyard is its middle age castle fortified with two beautiful towers. Next to it is an old monastery for Carmelite monks, who started the vineyard and bodegas in the 14th century. The castle’s library stores parchments from this period clearly document the viticultural history here, as well as over 80,000 volumes including illuminated manuscripts, gothic manuscripts, cunabulas and other bibliographic treasures.
Further up are Southern French towns like Banyuls and Colliure, known for their sweet wines. The Garnacha and Carinyena vintages here take advantage of an exceptional climate, with a lot of sun and a strong wind called tramuntana, which gives the wine a unique character and a surprisingly savory bouquet. The bohemian town of Colliure happens to sit right on the Mediterranean, offering visitors picturesque views of its coastline and a majestic castle.
Emporda Wine DO Region Red Grape Varieties: Carinyena, Garnacha, Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Emporda Wine DO Region White Grape Varieties:Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Chardonnay, Moscatel
Emporda Wine DO Region Rosé Grape Varieties: Samso, Mazuela, Garnacha
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