Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Terra Personas is D.O. Montsant


The areas in this DO take the form of a ring, with the majority of the
territory falling within the comarca (local district) of El Priorat, but some of the lands of the Ribera del Ebro corresponding to DO Montsant, which is defined as a modern designation of origin with a long tradition in the production of red wine.

The climate here is Mediterranean with continental influences. Rainfall is very limited and there are sharp oscillations in temperature, although the southern part is a little warmer. On the periphery of the DO, there are compact lands with calcareous soils, on stony fluvial terraces, but which have a low water holding capacity. In some parts of Cornudella and Falset, we find the slate-based soils known locally as “llicorelles”, which are poor in organic matter.

The vines exhibit low performance, an aspect that defines wine-making
in this area and which makes them highly prized. The red wines, which
are most important in quantity, are mainly made from Grenache and
Carignan and typical local DO varieties such as Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet, which are used in small percentages in coupages. DO Montsant is also known for its young red wines. White wines, which are increasingly present in this DO, are obtained from the Macabeu and White Grenache grape varieties. Chardonnay, Muscat, Parellada and Pansal all have a token presence in DO Montsant where they are used in blends. This DO also produces rosés and liquors, with the latter forming part of the deeply rooted tradition of this winemaking area.

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