Another winery we were pleased to make the acquaintance of at the DO Terra Alta tasting in Barcelona two weeks ago was Celler Frisach.

They’re a three year-old winery with a lengthy family tradition of winemaking. They have a ready supply of grapes with 40 hectares of vineyards that they own down in Corbera d’Ebre.

While most of what they grow is Grenache (yay!) they also have Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Carignan. Their vineyards range from 15 to 50 years old, which is always a difference that you can taste in the glass. Also something you can taste in the glass is the fact that they farm organically and they apply a general, “don’t screw with it” method when it comes to making their red and white wines.


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6 responses to “The goodness of Celler Frisach”

  1. Mary Lou says:

    Been dabbling in Spanish and Chilean wines and have been very pleased. I love tempranillos and of course auras and appreciate any and all suggestions.

  2. Mary Lou says:

    I hate spell check – its syrahs that I love, auras is a whole other subject!

  3. Miquel Hudin says:

    Yes, they’re both of the same traditions, but have obviously diverged a great deal over the last few centuries. Tempranillo (or Ull de Llebre — ‘hare’s eye’ in Catalan) is grown is large degrees, but is typically blended here in Catalonia. I can only think of maybe one single varietal wine that I’ve had this way which was from Casa Mariol

    Syrah is gaining a lot of ground though and is a ton of blends these days–something like 40% of all the wines in our Empordà guide have some amount of it. One that we quite like and is really affordable is the Heus Negre from la Vinyeta that has it as a a main component.

    Where Syrah really seems to be shining though in Dalmatia, Croatia. There are a number of single varietal wines being made from it there and they’re excellent, albeit they tend to be the higher cost wines…

  4. Mary Lou says:

    Great information. I have been looking into the Croatian wines; Croatian is my ethnic heritage and I have been very excited by all that is coming out of the area. I have been researching to see if I can purchase any locally here in Nebraska!

  5. Miquel Hudin says:

    Blue Danube has a selection of Croatian wines and will ship to Nebraska The Bibich wines probably offer the best in price/quality at the moment. The Dingač – Pelješac is a good example of the Plavac Mali grape.

  6. Mary Lou says:

    Thanks again for the info. I was actually interested in the Bibich winery. I appreciate the website; it will save me a lot of research time!

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