Empordà is a Spanish Denominación de Origen (DO) (Denominació d'Origen in Catalan) for wines produced in the northeastern corner of Catalonia, Spain in the province of Girona.
Until 2006, it was initially known as DO Empordà-Costa Brava to associate the large tourist beach area with the region. The region generally extends from the town of Figueres northwards to the French border and the French wine-making regions of Banyuls and Côtes du Roussillon. To the south, it extends through the Baix Empordà county near the Mediterranean Sea.
The region, north of Barcelona, is also known as “Little Tuscany”. Its wine tradition started with the Greeks and Phoenicians who settled their colonies in the area 3000 years ago. Nowadays, their recovered traditions of wine aging are still giving extraordinary results.
While historically Empordà was known for producing rosé wines, the majority of their production is red at 60%, white at 19%, and rosé at 17%. The remaining 4% is released as traditional wines including dessert versions of Grenache and Moscatell. A bit more than half of the wines sold in the region are bottled and the remainder are sold as bulk wines. There is a significant amount of Cava produced under the DO Cava in the approved villages
Come enjoy a visit to the beautiful Castell de Peralada winery: a former nuns’ convent where the production of wine was recovered at the turn of the XIX century. We will go into their vineyards and cellars, and we will take part in a wine tasting of their best wines.
We will also have the opportunity to visit the special Garbet vineyards, next to the Mediterranean Sea, and indulge in a traditional Catalan breakfast in the area.