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Perelada, Spain

Perelada are one of the most prestigious and highly regarded wine and cava producers from Catalonia. This family-owned Estate was built upon a winemaking tradition that stretches back to the Middle Ages, they produce wines in DO Empordà, as well as crafting Cavas in Vilafranca del Penedés.

DO Empordà wines This family-owned Estate was built upon a winemaking tradition that stretches back to the Middle Ages, they produce wines in DO Empordà, which through their hard work and skill they helped create in the 1960s. Their vineyards are rooted on diverse soils from slate to sand, fluvial sediment to gravel, that all run down between the mighty Pyrenees and the sparkling blue of the Med. This setting has helped create a quest for quality that has gone beyond winemaking, encompassing all things cultural, celebrating art and history in all aspects of life. Easy to believe in a region that was home to the godfather of surrealism, Salvador Dali. DO Cava wines The family purchased an additional bodega in Penedes’ capital, Vilafranca del Penedès, allowing Perelada to increase its production, becoming a serious player amongst Spain’s most prominent cava producers. This range is at a price and quality ratio that is hard to argue with, offering incredible value. Every summer Castillo Perelada hosts one of the most prestigious music festivals in Europe. Stars Cava is a tribute to all the artists who have performed under the stars of the Empordà sky.

Viticulture

Emporda is the oldest wine region in the Iberian Peninsula. Encompassed by natural boundaries; with the Pyrenees to the north, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The beauty of Costa Brava makes Empordà a truly unique place, linking the coast to the mountains, influenced by the famous northerly Tramontane wind. Perelada owns five vineyards in the northern area of Empordà, where the Tramuntana wind demonstrates its maximum strength. They benefit from a heterogeneity of soils here, and by understanding these different types of soil they identify terroir ideal for each variety. Perelada are committed to sustainable agriculture, both in their family-owned vineyards in Empordà and their vineyards in Vilafranca, Penedes. Perelada have been working with 3 vinegrowers in the highlands of Penedés for over 30 years. Their vineyards are certified organic and all of their Cavas are vegan.

Winemaking

Perelada’s main ambition for their wines and cavas to highlight the personality of the land and its enormous winemaking potential. Winemaker, Delfí Sanahuja, who was named Catalan winemaker of the year in 2015, strongly believes that the work they do in the vineyard is key to producing quality wines. Their new winery in Penedès capital of Vilafranca is certified as a "Wineries for Climate Protection". The certification is acknowledges Perelada’s continuous improvement in relations to Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, Water Management, Waste reduction and Energy efficiency and renewable energies. This winery is the largest sustainable winery in Europe, as well as being the first LEED® certified winery in Europe, a globally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • World-class producer of cava and table wines, with established international presence.
  • Family owned estate dating back to the Middle Ages, today Castillo Perelada is a cultural hub.
  • Helped in establishing DO Empordà with native varieties, Samsó, Garnatxa & Garnatxa Blanca.