White grapes

The DO Penedès is widely recognized for the quality of its white wines, combining a range of wines made with traditional varieties (Xarel·lo, Macabeu and Parellada) with others made from varieties successfully introduced to the region over the years (Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc...) With Xarel·lo based wines as the standard-bearer, the DO Penedès' wines are all aroma, taste and quality. A pleasure for the senses.

Most Penedès whites are drunk young, in the year after bottling, when their sensory properties are at their peak. Producers also make whites fermented or aged in barrels, discovering other extraordinary sensations, wines that can age well over two to five years.

When pairing with food, these whites match fish and seafood prepared without sauces; oysters, eggs and cold dishes and fresh or lightly cured cheeses.

 

Chardonnay

This international variety was introduced to the Penedès in the sixties and acclimatised successfully. It brings aromas and body to the white wines of the Penedès and is used to produce both fruity unoaked wines and aged whites.

Xarel·lo

One of the traditional varieties of the Penedes. It can produce great white wines (oaked or unoaked) either alone, or together with the other two native Penedès varieties, Macabeo and Parellada. The fruity dry whites made from Xarel·lo are considered the most typical of the Penedès.

Malvasia de Sitges

Mediterranean variety, from the coast of the Penedès, which is cultivated in Sitges. White sweet and smooth grapes. Their products are fresh and aromatic wines also usefull to create sweet wines and aged wines.

Parellada

This is the most delicate of the traditional white varieties of the Penedès. It produces white wines which are aromatic, dry, with a moderate alcohol content, fresh aroma and with a delicate, fruity acidity.

Riesling

Found in the Upper Penedès, it is one of the few varieties which has a characteristic primary aroma, noticeable even before vinification. Wines made from this variety are fragrant, very fruity with a fresh, dry body.

Macabeu

This variety is found mainly in the Central Penedès and is the grape which contributes a fruity aroma and lively acidity to Penedès blends.

Moscatell

This variety produces both dry and sweet wines. It was already planted in the times of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans throughout the Mediterranean.

Sauvignon Blanc

Very aromatic variety. It produces elegant, well structured wines with good acidity and notes of asparagus, box and peppers with hints of blackcurrant, jasmine and valerian flowers.

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