LA CONCA AREA

La Conca de BarberĂ 

Geography and soils

Conca de BarberĂ  is a Catalonian region in the north of the province of Tarragona. The wine growing area is primarily concentrated in a part of the region that owes its geological formation to the erosive action of the FrancolĂ­ River and its tributary called Anguera. The combined action of these two rivers in the course of the millennia has shaped the appearance of this part of the region as a river valley surrounded by mountain ridges: the Miramar and CogullĂł mountain ranges to the east; the Tallat and VilobĂ­ mountain ranges to the west; the Montclar, Codony and Comalats mountain ranges to the north; and the Prades Mountains to the south.

The vineyards covered by the Designation of Origin extend across the following municipalities: Barberà de la Conca, Blancafort, Conesa, l'Espluga de Francolí, Forès, Montblanc, Pira, Rocafort de Queralt, Sarral, Senan, Solivella, Vallclara, Vilaverd and Vimbodí.

Most vineyards are situated at altitudes of 350 to 600 m, which lends the wines a fresh and light note and an aromatic bouquet.

Mapa de la Conca de BarberĂ 

Soils

The soils are mostly calcareous and poor in organic matter content. They can be clayey with a characteristic reddish colour, or looser in texture and brownish in colour. In the lower regions of the basin there are river terraces.
Slatey soil (llicorella) can be found at the south-western border of the region, at the foot of the Prades mountains.
 
Sòls Calcaris

Calcareous soils

In the central region of Conca de BarberĂ . Poor in organic matter content. Lime-free and clay-free textures.

Terrasses fluvials

River terraces

With vast gravel deposits at the bottom of Conca de BarberĂ  (deep profile, FrancolĂ­ and Anguera river valleys)

Sòls de Pissarra

Pissarra

At the region’s south-western border, on the slopes of the Prades Mountains.