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Barrel fermenting

It’s not just red wines that ferment in barrels...

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When and how to decant a wine

There are two different reasons for decanting a wine.

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Vines cry too

According to winemaker Manel Avinyó a vine can “cry” as much as a litre and a half of sap every day during budbreak.

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European varieties on American rootstock

Phylloxera forced all the vineyards in Europe to use American vine rootstock.

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How does pruning affect a wine?

Grower Isabel Vidal explains how pruning is the first step to regulate the the yields of the different varieties and therefore the quality of the vintage

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Xarel•lo: our flagship variety

Sommelier Meritxell Falgueras describes the Penedès’ most characteristic white wines. Whether unoaked wines or barrel aged, Penedès Xarel•los are winning new converts every day

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Harvest: Pick at the right moment

The director of the DO Penedès, Francesc Olivella, explains how the DO Penedès controls the ripening of the grapes.

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Rosés: where does the colour come from?

Sommelier Meritxell Falgueras describes how rosés are made out of red grape varieties with short macerations.

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Why are younger wines so attractive?

Young Penedès white wines are very well considered. What makes them special?

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Wines for the Castanyada

The All Saints Day festivity carries with it traditions rooted in the concept of thanksgiving for the harvest.

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Tasting wine with all five senses

Sommelier Meritxell Falgueras gives us useful guidelines to taste a Penedès wine without missing any nuances.

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Sweet Penedès

If you enjoy finishing a meal with a sweet Penedès wine, you might be interested in its origin.

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The vines' stress

In the search for optimal grape quality, sometimes it is necessary to sow grasses in the vineyards to control the vines' growth.

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Your Penedès, always at the right temperature

Sommelier Xavi Nolla explains the importance of serving Penedès wines at the right temperature.

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What does ageing bring to a wine?

Penedès winemakers choose the characteristics of their barrels carefully, as they can be one of the most important variables that end up defining the wine.

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Fermenting whites

When making young white wines, once the must has settled it is transferred to a stainless steel tank where fermentation will take place.

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How is a wine classified as DO Penedès?

Not all wines can be classified as Denominació d’Origen Penedès. How do we decide?

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Using pheromones for sexual confusion

Plant health technician Joan Reyes, explains how we have to confuse male moths so they can’t find the females. The Penedès is one of the areas where sexual confusion is most widely used. The Penedès is one of the areas where sexual confusion is most widely used.

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What is settling?

The process of separating suspended elements from the must.

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The value of an organic wine

In the DO Penedpès, more and more producers are opting for 100% organic production.

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Red wine sensations

Sommelier Meritxell Falgueras talks about the sensations surrounding red wines.

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The importance of the fermentation

Temperature control during the fermentation is of prime importance to produce a good wine.

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Survival through cloning

The vine is a plant that hasn't reproduced in thousands of years.

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Oysters and Penedès Xarel·lo!

Want to surprise someone? We offer you a perfect match.

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The source of barrel wood

The Penedès doesn't just use oak barrels....

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Vine formation

Grower Joan Esteve explains the different way vines are trained in the DO Penedès. Gobelet (Bush vines) and Royat are the most common. What does each mean? In the DO Penedès we farm vineyards in a number of ways, but the Gobelet or Bush Vine and the Royat trellis are the most used.

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Dare to pair?

Winemaker Pere Escudé shows how Penedès wines can be paired with a wide range of dishes. It’s increasingly fashionable for everyone to find their own perfect food pairing. Here are some clues to find the ideal match for a Penedès wine.

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What are the white varieties of the Penedès?

Xarel·lo, Macabeu, Parellada, Subirat Parent, Malvasia de Sitges, Chardonnay and a few others...

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Penedès, first vineyards of Catalonia

Archaeologist Daniel López explains how archaeological remains have demonstrated that the Penedès was the cradle of winemaking in Catalonia.

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Are there dry Muscatel wines?

In Catalonia a wine is usually called Moscatell if it is sweet, and Muscat if it is dry.

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Bubbles with a name for themselves

Clàssic Penedès, our own DO Penedès bubbles.

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The importance of flowering

Eudald Massana, an organic grower, explains the importance of the vines' flowering, as the quality of the vintage will depend heavily on the weather during this period.

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To destem or not destem?

The fewer stems the grapes have, the fewer green elements will be present in the future wine.

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The use of barrels

Winemaker Marga Torres explains the importance of temperature and humidity control in the barrel hall. It’s time to fill the barrels, making it important to keep the temperature and humidity of the cellar under control from now on.

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Why do we macerate the grape skins?

Macerating the grape skins gives a wine its colour in red wines, and structure in whites.

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What is a Vi de Finca?

They are the highest category of wines in the Denominació d'Origen Penedès.

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Grape Reception

Winemaker Gerard Jané describes the frenetic activity in the Penedès cellars between August and October.

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Clàssic Penedès

Clàssic Penedès, the sparkling wine of DO Penedès

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How to preserve an open bottle of Penedès

Discover the different options for preserving an open bottle of wine.

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Why are there so few Rosés on restaurant wine lists?

There is a new generation of rosé wines in the Penedès, aromatically complex wines with more or less intensity of color that are simply great.

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You want a brilliant wine?

Any impurities in the wine after fermentation are removed by filtering.

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Fermenting reds

In red wines, fermentation is the transformation of sugars into alcohol, carbon dioxide and heat through the action of yeasts, but this process varies slightly depending on whether one is making a wine to be drunk in its youth, or one to age.

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Veraison

Winemaker Gerard Jané talks about a key moment in the vineyard: the beginning of the ripening process.

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Just the right moment... ripeness.

When the grapes reach their optimal ripeness is the ideal moment to pick them.

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A flock of sheep green pruning?

Penedès grower Josep Mitjans explains how he uses a flock of sheep as a natural way to green prune the vines, ensuring the grapes ripen to perfection.

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How long can a wine be kept?

It is a frequent error to think that all wines improve with age. In fact often the most we can hope for is that they don't go off.

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