Rebellious Penedès: “Unrated”

by  |  28-01-2016

This article originally ran on Harpers but, given space restrictions was nearly half of the original in length. Here I present it in its entirety. The concept of rebellion in wine typically conjures up images of a winemaker taking a chainsaw to old, large barrels or flipping off the regulatory body and growing whatever grape varieties he or she pleases. Hardly grand acts of sedition in the greater scheme of the world but for wine, they’re earthshattering and even more so when discussing this within the scope of Catalonia, a region that has been actively trying to secede from Spain for the last 300 years. Catalans are nothing if not determined. It’s the region of Penedès that is the largest in Catalonia. The winery Torres is responsible for a great deal of this by modernizing the winemaking sector in the early 20th century and pulling it out of the old, […]
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