Wine

05/12/2018

Wine

Catalan Wine - As most of you will know wine is an essential part of Catalan culture - its temperate Mediterranean climate and fertile grounds ideal for the vineyards but did you know that even an area high in the Pyrenees it has its own wine culture? The county is called Alt Urgell, bordering with Andorra and, here, the harvest season will begin after the end of this month.

There are over 300 hectares of mountain vineyards in Catalonia - 16 of which are in Alt Urgell. It's predicted that high-elevation viticulture will become more common in the future, in part due to climate change. Local winegrower Xavier Ribes waxed poetic about the end result: "You won't find the acidity, the aroma, the sweetness from up here absolutely anywhere else." He added: "It's true that the productions are quite small, but really what's made here is worth it, it truly is." Must give it a try.

Welsh Wine - We have the Romans to thanks for introducing wine to Wales; and a mere 2,000 years or so later, the Welsh Ancre Hill Estates' 2008 vintage was voted best sparkling wine in the world at the Bollicine del Mondo International Competition in Italy.

The first commercial vineyard in Wales was planted in 1875 near Castell Coch, the 19th century Gothic castle built on the outskirts of Cardiff by industrialist Lord Bute.

The award-winning Cariad wines are grown on the slopes of the 22 acreLlanerch Vineyard - just outside Cardiff and open to the public.

Peter Harris