The production area of the Empordà DO, located in the far north east of Catalonia, encapsulates 48 municipalities spread across two districts. Empordà has two geographically distinct areas: Alt Empordà with 35 municipalities and Baix Empordà with 13.
The production area of Alt Empordà is in the far north east of Catalonia (stretching northwards from the city of Figueres to the French border). It is protected by the slopes of the Sierra de Rodes and the Las Alberas Mountain Ranges, starting in Cap de Creus and spreading in an arch-like form to Garrotxa d’Empordà (Albanyà). Alt Empordà borders the Pyrenees in the north, the Mediterranean in the east and flat plains to the south.
Alt Empordà municipalities are: Agullana, Avinyonet de Puigventós, Biure, Boadella i les Escaules, Cabanes, Cadaqués, Cantallops, Capmany, Cistella, Colera, Darnius, Espolla, Figueres, Garriguella, La Jonquera, Llançà, Llers, Masarac, Mollet de Peralada, Palau-saverdera, Pau, Pedret i Marzà, Peralada, Pont de Molins, Portbou, Port de la Selva, Rabós, Roses, Sant Climent Sescebes, Selva de Mar, Terrades, Vilafant, Vilajuïga, Vilamaniscle and Vilanant.
The Baix Empordà production area borders the Montgrí Massif in the north, the Gavarres Massif in the southwest — that forms a coastal plane with the Begur Massif — and with the Mediterranean to the east.
The municipalities in Baix Empordà are: Begur, Calonge, Castell-Platja d’Aro, Forallac, Mont-ras, Palafrugell, Palamós, Palau-sator, Pals, Regencós, Torrent, Torroella de Montgrí and Vall-llobrega
El Empordà has a great variety of wines. The red wines are high quality, full-bodied, well-structured and harmonious, sometimes with added hues thanks to careful aging. These reserva and crianza wines boast special aromatic notes. They are complex, with a subtle fragrance and a hint of spice, always preserving the aromas of the fruit and the vine. On the palate, they are full, flavoursome and pleasant.
Fresh and flavoursome white wines are elaborated with autochthonous varieties and other high quality single varieties. Rosé wines are also produced with a well-defined cherry colour, great personality, a delicate aroma, fresh with a moderate alcohol content.
A speciality of the area is the Garnatxa de l’Emporda, a naturally sweet wine produced from the Garnacha grape. Full-bodied, with the flavour of the grape itself, mature, warm and smooth — virtues giving it the features of an exceptional dessert wine, together with the area’s own sweet wine, the Moscatell de l’Empordà.
The organic wines, the Mistelles, the wines produced from over-ripe grapes and the sparkling wines complete the range of wines elaborated in Empordà.
Contrast is the word that best defines this Catalan wine region, the peninsula’s oldest winemaking region in which Empuries is traditionally thought to be the gateway through which the Greeks introducted vines. The sea and the mountains; harmony and ruggedness.
Clients will be collected around 8:45 at the hotel or accommodation in Barcelona to travel to the Empordà wine region (2 hours).
Day will consist on visiting 2 traditional catalan wine cellars enjoying a guided visit and a private tasting followed by a gourmet menu at Cal Sagrista in Perelada. This restaurant is renowned for its cooking and exceptional service. Traditional cooking that has been brought up to date to satisfy modern tastes, with influences from Catalan, French, Mediterranean and Empordan cuisine. After lunch we will visit the Dali Museum which is the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist.
List of some of wine cellars to visit (depending on availability): Oliver Conti, Masia Serra, Mas Estela, Espelt viticultors, Mas Molla, Vinya dels Aspres, Perelada….