The evolution of Espelt

by  |  02-10-2015

This is the full-length version of my October column (here as well) and forms a small introduction to an eventually much larger article about the last eight years of Espelt. In 2007, Espelt was one of the first wineries I got to know well in the northern DO Empordà region that borders France. Wine has been made there since the Greeks but the 20th century saw large cooperatives dominate the scene with a rather squalid bulk production. Towards the end of the 1990s, many smaller wineries opened that were run by local families of which Espelt is one. While definitely the largest of this new wave of cellars, they are able to produce unique, singular wines. Their young wines are an excellent value but it’s in the upper range where Director, Anna Espelt (whose family have been viticulturists in the region for generations) has been pushing a new agenda. Taking […]
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