Designations of Origin
The prestige of the Priorat is recognised with the highest quality stamp: the Qualified Designation of Origin. The typical local soil there is the “llicorella” slate, which has very good drainage, forcing the vines to grow deep roots, with very low and concentrated production.
Although both white and red grapes are grown, the most representative variety is the Xarel·lo, which makes intense sparkling and still white wines that are full of character.
Its most characteristic wines are the Garnatxas d’Empordà - sweet wines made with this variety, known locally as Lledoner. Most of the Empordà wines, however, are dry, white, rosé and red.
It is considered to be the oldest DO in Catalonia, since although wine-making almost certainly began in Empúries earlier, Latin authors such as Silius Italicus, Martial and Pliny the Younger praised the wines of Tarraconensis in writing, making it the first prestigious local brand known worldwide.
DO Terra Alta
The Terra Alta is the largest producer of white Garnatxa Blanca wines, accounting for 33% of global production. In addition to Garnatxa Blanca, Garnatxa Negra and Garnatxa Peluda are the predominant grape varieties.
DO Pla de Bages
The Picapoll grape, the characteristic white variety of this DO, has been reintroduced since it was established in 1995. The climate is harsh in this inland and mid-mountain area, without the moderating influence of the sea, resulting in slow ripening and high concentration in the grapes.
DO Costers del Segre
This is the only DO that is spread over eight counties: Pallars Jussà, Pallars Sobirà, Segrià, Urgell, Pla d’Urgell, Garrigues, Noguera and Segarra. It comprises seven sub-areas: Raïmat, Segrià, Pallars, Garrigues, Vall de Riu Corb, Artesa de Segre and Urgell.