Penedés DO

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Penedès has long been associated with innovative vineyards and wineries. In the 1970s, it became the first area in Spain to use stainless steel equipment and cold-fermentation. Since then the Penedès producers have been making excellent modern wines blending native with French varieties.

They are helped by the variety of altitudes, landscapes and microclimates which allow many different grapes to grow well here. More recently there has been extensive research work on recovering native varieties, on the development of integrated and organic cultivation techniques, and on experiments with further new varieties and densities of planting. There is a wine museum in the area's main town, Vilafranca del Penedès.

Since 2013 a number of new producers have joined the DO increasing the weight of quality sparkling wines, always produced in much smaller quantities than still wines. In 2014 these wines are given the brand name of Clàssic Penedès, and a new line of regulations is drawn up to better define the sparkling: organic, only from Penedés and Reserva (the producers must hold Clàssic Penedés wines for at least 15 months in the cellar).
 

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Penedés
Plaça Àgora, 1
09720 Vilafranca del Penedès
Barcelona
Tel.: +34 938 904 811
dopenedes@dopenedes.cat
www.dopenedes.cat

Sources

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Penedés PDO

 

Clàssic Penedès is a brand for sparkling wines organic, only from Penedès and Reserva with a new line of regulations.

Penedes DO Consejo Regulador De La Denominacion De Origen
Penedes DO Vineyards and Production
Vineyards
Area under vine

17,894 ha.

Altitude of vineyards

900 m.

Soil types

Calcaris.

Principal grapes (w)

Xarel.lo, Chardonnay, Subirat, Parellada and Macabeo.

Principal grapes (r)

Tempranillo, Samsó, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Tinta, Cariñena, Monastrell and Merlot.

Production
Maximum crop

Red: 9,000 kg/ha. White: 12,000 kg/ha

Yield

70 % red; 66 % white

Production 2013

133,167 hl

Production 2014

138,541 hl

Production 2015

143,173 hl