Carinyena Blanca: Tasting a grape that’s finding its place in Empordà

by  |  13-08-2019

Catalunya’s Denomination of Origin Empordà has just announced an institutional plan to “realize the potential” of the grape, Carinyena Blanca (White Carignan.) Going forward this will involve making it a permitted grape as per their Plec de Condicions or regulations and once approved, they will be the first DO in all of Spain to allow the grape in wines as well as the only high-quality level wine region in Europe with monovarietal wines of Carinyena Blanca. For those who may not have DO Empordà at the tip of the tongue, it sits in the top northeast corner of Spain, bracketed by Mediterranean waves to the east, windy Pyrenées to the west and the French region of Roussillon to the north. While definitely part of the greater Mediterranean area, to dismiss it as “just another Med winemaking region” would be a disservice. While there are only 50 wineries, there’s a dedicated […]
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