Catalunya

Wines of Spain calls the easternmost region the Mediterranean Coast, but treating it as one region is really stretching it… both in geography and wines styles. HPS has producers at the northern and southern extremities.

Starting in the far northeast corner of Spain Empordà is an unknown gem of a district. The terroir is not much different than that of the far more famous Priorat, but prices are less than half, sometimes just a tenth. Quality can be fully equal. Celler Arche Pages is our producer and Bonfill Arche-Pages has made wines that are truly great. His “Satirs” bottling is incredibly rich for the price. “Bonfill”, also a blend of Grenache, Carignan and Cabernet, is great wine; strict parcel selection from older vines and tiny yields give a wine that truly benefits from 18 months in new French oak… the oak integrates completely. This can be great wine.

There are a number of Appellations known for red wine ringing Barcelona… Pla de Bages, Costers del Segre, Conca de Barbera, Terra Alta and Montsant are all considered to have good to fine potential. The old, but newly famous DO of Priorat is on another level. Many of its producers are considered among the best of Spain and the world. Its most expensive bottlings are the most expensive wines from Spain, although it’s questionable if they are really as good as Vega Sicilia. Time will tell. Unicos from the 1950s are still going strong; virtually nothing from Priorat was bottled until almost 1990.

Along the coast, mostly south of Barcelona, there is another vast vineyard and industry. This is Cava country, Spain’s ubiquitous sparkler. Supermarket brands provide a clean bubbly white beverage complete with alcohol for under ten bucks. Smaller producers can produce good or fine if not great wine. The most expensive bottlings can be priced with Champagne; their value is a matter of individual taste and judgment.

Catalunya

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