Rooster Balls and Catalan grapes unknown

by  |  13-09-2012

Last week, when dropping off copies of our Empordà guide, we stopped in at Mas Molla in Calonge (Baix Empordà). As things go, we got talking with the current family winemaker, Montse Molla about local grape varieties. She then took us on a tour of her vineyards around their ancient family home to see for ourselves. It was then that she first introduced us to Colló de Gall or literally, Rooster Balls (no, not cat balls, that’s another one.) Named as such because… they’re a bit red and round? They really have no idea as to the history or the exact origin of the name. And don’t even ask what it’s related to. Of course, this is typical for local grapes like these that aren’t even officially permitted grapes to grow in the EU. They’re just old and their non-trellised bush vines keep producing grapes, so they keep using it. […]
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