Empordà is situated in the north east of Catalonia, with The Pyrenees to the north and The Mediterranean Sea to the south. It is only 150 km away from Barcelona, which is one of the most highly valued cities in the world.
The characteristics of the soil, strong winds and over 30 year old vines facilitate the production of full bodied, harmonious and well formed red wines of the highest quality, as well as fresh and eloquent whites.
With regards to the red varieties, Carignan or Samsó is prevalent, forming the basis of Empordà viniculture, together with Garnacha Tinta (known in Empordà as Lledoner). These traditional varieties are complemented by new ones that are being introduced: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The most popular white varieties are Garnacha Blanca, Garnacha Tinta and Macabeo. Muscat, the traditional Xarello and recently planted Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer grapes are also grown, but to a much lesser extent.
Empordà is the land of Dalí, where the famous artist found his inspiration and the land where Ferran Adrià choose to start his prolific career as a one of the most influent chefs in cuisine history. It is truly a land of artists, haute cuisine and unforgettable landscapes.
The Tramontane, the strong northerly wind, with gusts that frequently exceed 120 km/h, is the most characteristic aspect of the climate affecting cultivation in the area and is highly beneficial for vine health. On the other hand, the winters are mild with few frosts and the summers are hot and tempered by sea breezes.
The average annual temperature is between 14 and 16º C. Rainfall is around 600 litres per year. As a result, Empordà can be visited all year round.
Its small geographical area and proximity to various wineries facilitates an easy trip to visit different wineries in one day. If what you want is a visit lasting several days, Empordà offers many alternatives such as hotels, restaurants, idyllic beaches and cultural visits.