Penedès is a Spanish Denomination of Origin, from the Catalan region of Penedès. It comprises an area of approximately 28,000 hectares of vines and a total of 63 municipalities, in the south of the province of Barcelona and the province of Tarragona. Some of the most famous wines of the Penedès are white wines, which are characterized by being very light, with very little body. In addition, they are very aromatic wines.
Denomination of Origin Penedès
This DO was founded in the year 1960. Since then, its progress has been remarkable. Today, there are more than 5,700 vine growers, 270 cellars and 148 winemaking companies registered.
Legislation of white wines and varieties
The Denomination of Origin Penedès establishes a series of rules regarding the ageing of white wines. Thus, the regulation specifies a minimum period of six months before being released for sale; it is the time necessary for the wines to settle and, in this way, reach the consumers in perfect conditions.
The three most popular varieties of white wines from Penedès are:
Chardonnay: its growing and commercialization began in the 70's and it is now widely recognized throughout the world. Young white wines with a very fruity aroma.
Xarel·lo: a characteristic variety from the area of Low and Middle Penedès.
Malvasia: it is a Mediterranean variety, whose grapes are grown in areas near the sea; the growing area is in the vicinity of Sitges. The white grapes are very sweet and soft. The white wines are fresh and aromatic.
Moscatell d'Alexandria: one of the most special varieties of white wine of this DO. This grape was already known in the time of the Egyptians.
These are some of the best known varieties, but there are some more. The white wines of Penedès are one of the most valued of the Spanish geography. A real experience for all the senses.
“The Gran Viña Sol has a typical Chardonnay character with aromas of fresh apples, citrus fruit and ripe pears, combined with light notes of spring flowers. A delicate touch of French oak strengthens balanced, powerful structure. The palate is soft, velvety and round. The small proportion of local...”
TASTING NOTES: View: bright golden reflections straw yellow. Nose: Good aromatic intensity, floral notes, notes of very ripe white fruits. Palate: Balanced acidity, soft and pleasant postugusto. DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN: Penedes VINEYARD: Pares Balta...
“- Yellow and greenish colour with golden tints.
- Intense aroma on the nose with delicate notes of mature fruit.
- In the mouth it is elegant with a good acidity balanced with the residual sugar.
- Soft and pleasant finish.”
TASTING NOTES : Colour: Electio 2009 is pale yellow with greenish sheen . Crisp and transparent. Tear fine and silky . Nose: medium intensity elegant . Against a background of wood ( toasted and smoked ) appears very ripe white fruit with aromatic white...
“WHITE WINE PENEDES Pares Balta ELECTIO "Xarel. LO" 0. FB 2009 75CL
Tasting Notes: Good Olfactory intensity with notes of ripe white fruit and floral on a background of roasted very integrated. Soft, oily, fresh and balanced mouth. Fruit predominates over wood. Long and pleasant aftertaste of...”
“- The Mediterranean breeze blends with the scent of roses, which grow around Familia Torres vineyards further inland.
- A pleasure to share that evokes the beauty of the Mediterranean and its unique places. Viña Esmeralda takes its name from the emerald colour of the Mediterranean and is made...”
TASTING NOTES OF Fransola 2017: View: Straw yellow, bright green iridescence well notables with big tear. Nose: aromas of fresh vegetables (cabbage and endive), fennel, green white fruit, soft smoky, salty minerality touches and soft background. Mouth:...
“This golden yellow shining Sauvignon Blanc has an elegant bouquet with a beautiful balance of delicately spicy, slightly vegetal notes (fresh coffee beans, pepper) and lush, tropical-style aromas of ripe peach and passion fruit.”
TASTING NOTES OF Blanc de Pacs 2015 : View: pale yellow, straw-colored and bright. Nose: intense, fruity aromas and ripe white fruit Mouth: fresh, good acidity, intense, fruity notes and a nice finish. APPELLATION: Penedes. VINEYARD: Parés Baltà GRAPES:...
“- Yellow lemon colour with light green tints.
- On the nose intense aroma of pear and apple.
- In the mouth it is fresh and with a good acidity.
- A soft wine, leaving an intense sensation of fruits and freshness on the finish.”
TASTING NOTES: View: intense yellow. Nose: terpene notes (pink and lavender), floral (jasmine) and touches of citrus (orange). Mouth: fine and dandy, terpene notes again. Long aftertaste. APPELLATION: Catalonia. GRAPES: Muscat of Alexandria and Gewurztraminer....
“Vi-a Esmeralda takes its name from the emerald colour of the Mediterranean and is made from the varieties Mosacatel de Alejandr'a (85%) and GewŸrztraminer (15%) which adds the distinctive floral lift.”