In today’s article we will focus on talking about the different grape varieties that can be found throughout the region of Catalonia. As in the previous edition of this article focused on the varieties of Rioja and Rioja Alavesa, we will only mention the most characteristic varieties of the area, as we can find a large number of these throughout the region.
First of all, we will begin by talking about red grapes. Within this category we can highlight Garnacha, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
As the first of these varieties was mentioned in the previous article, we will go directly to the second one; Syrah. This variety, one of the best known worldwide, is a type of grape of French origin, which brings a high acidity to its wines, as well as a great body and floral and fruity aroma. The Merlot grape, like Syrah, also comes from France and is one of the most popular in the south of the country, in the Bordeaux region. The wines they can offer usually contain a great degree of acidity, as well as certain spicy and fruity notions, being able to distinguish in their flavor between honey, raisins or plums. In turn, the Cabernet Sauvignon variety, which, like the previous ones, has a French origin, offers full-bodied, well-structured wines with strong tannins and acidity.
On the other hand, as far as white grapes are concerned, we can talk about Xarel-Lo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
The first of these is a typical grape of the Penedès area, mainly, which brings a certain body, structure and acidity to the wines and cavas produced, usually standing out for its fruity notes. The second variety is found in particularly fresh and somewhat acid wines and cavas, in which its citrus aromas stand out. The Chardonnay variety comes from France and stands out for its harmony of fruity aromas. Its wines are usually fresh and powerful, with a long aftertaste. The following variety is usually used in young wines due to its freshness, acidity and aromas.
To conclude, we would also like to mention Macabeo and Ull de Llebre, which despite having some presence in the Catalan regions, we have not mentioned because they are another way of calling the already explained Viura and Tempranillo in the article on Rioja and Rioja Alavesa varieties.
That said, here ends this article focused on the different grape varieties that we can find in Catalonia, in the next article we will talk about spergura. If you have enjoyed this article, we invite you to visit our YouTube channel, where we have a series of videos dedicated to the world of wine.