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DO area on the Mediterranean coast in the northeastern Spanish region Catalonia north and near Barcelona. There is a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and dry, hot summers. The vineyards cover only 560 hectares of vineyards. They are partly in terraces created to enlarge the area. The soils on the slopes of the Sierra are dark and clayey, those on the coast called "sauló" stony and white. Important types of red wine are Garnatxa Negra ( Garnacha Tinta ), Ull de Liebre ( Tempranillo ) Merlot. Pinot Noir. Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, Important white wine varieties are Pansa Blanca and Pansa Rosada (both Xarello ), Garnatxa Blanca ( Garnacha Blanca ) Picapoll Blanco, Malvasia ( Planta Nova?) Macabeo. Parellada. Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, The area is best known for its aromatic white wines. There are also wines for the sparkling wine Cava produced.

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