DO area in the Spanish province of Tarragona in the region Catalonia
that is between the two DO areas Penedès
lies. It was mainly known for the high quality of the grapes used here for the sparkling wine Cava
produced and delivered to Penedès for production. The particular suitability of the grapes for this sparkling wine was made by the famous oenologist Miguel Torres
(* 1941) recognized. The vineyards cover about 6,000 hectares of vineyards on predominantly calcareous soil. These are located at about 500 meters above sea level in a crater-shaped valley, here as Conca
referred to as.
Two-thirds are with the white wine varieties Macabeo
(biggest part), Parellada
and something Chardonnay
planted. In the red wines prevail Trepat
. Garnacha Tinta
, Ull de Llebre ( Tempranillo
) and Sumoll
, as well as smaller quantities Cabernet Sauvignon
in front. A specialty or special and sophisticated technology is the production of two wines per vintage. In the sunny locations ripe grapes are already harvested one month before the main harvest and within three weeks fruity white and red wines (red without malolactic fermentation
). These ready-to-drink Jovenes will be available in spring at the latest. The grapes of the main harvest are then used for higher quality, storable wines.