One of Spain’s most important wine regions, with the city of Barcelona as its capital, Catalunya has become the home for some very successful and famous wines including Cava,
Always forward thinking, it was the first region in Spain to adopt temperature controlled winemaking in stainless steel tanks and it is also an important producer of cork. The Phoenicians were here well before the Romans and the region has an impressive wine history. When the phylloxera bug ravaged the vineyards of France, wine drinkers turned to Catalunya to provide their wines. When in turn, phylloxera hit Catalunya at the end of the 19th century, 80 % of the wines produced were red. Cava, which was invented in Penedes in 1872, changed all that and white grapevines were planted to replace the red vines and ended up making 70% of the blend.
In the last 50 years, Catalunya has led the Spanish wine revolution, welcoming international grape varieties, modern winemaking techniques and new styles of wine. The region came into the international spotlight in 1979 when a bottle of Torres Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Coronas Black Label Riserva 1970 beat many top classified Bordeaux in a major international wine competition.
Catalunya counts nine D.O.s and one D.O.Q. (Priorat). Other famous D.O.s include Penedes, Terra Alta, Costers del Segre and Montsant. With its proximity to the gastronomic capital of Barcelona, the wines of Catalunya are inextricably linked to Spanish gastronomy.
- 2015 Catalan Eagle (BIO)Terra Alta D.O.0.75l WhiteBio€8.70 €7.19Catalan Eagle white is a blend of 60% Garnacha Blanca, 25% Viognier and 15% Roussanne grapes, the two latter grape varieties originally coming from the Rhone. Catalan Eagle takes its name from the bird that soars above the nature reserve close to the 26 hectare organic vineyard in Terra Alta which is near Tarragona in southern Catalonia. This wine has an expressive nose of peaches, pears and grapefruit. On the palate there is minerality, fruit and some warm, spicy notes. Round and full on the palate this is an aromatic wine with good acidity and a rich texture. Enjoy with seafood and paella.
- 2015 No Stone UnturnedOld Vine Garnacha/Carinena Terra Alta D.O.0.75l Red€14.90 €12.31English Master of Wine Ed Adams and South African winemaker Bruce Jack share a love of Spain and make modern, pure wines respecting the indigenous grape varieties. Made from a blend of 60% Garnacha, 25% Carinena and 15% mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine comes a stone-covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration and intensity with dark, spicy, blackberry fruit that has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months new French oak barrels. No Stone Unturned is a big, rich wine that is ripe and juicy enough to be enjoyed now but will also last a good 8-10 years in bottle. Serve with cheeses, game and roast meats.
- 2013 No Stone UnturnedOld Vine Garnacha/Carinena Terra Alta D.O.0.75l Red€14.90 €12.31Made from a blend of 62% Garnacha, 23% Carinena and 15% mix of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine comes from Pepe Fuster’s stone covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration and intensity with dark, spicy, blackberry fruit that has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months new French oak barrels. No Stone Unturned is a big, serious wine that is ripe and juicy enough to be enjoyed now but will also last a good 8-10 years in bottle. Serve with cheeses, game and roast meats.