La Conca de Barberà


The native variety of Conca de Barberà

Trepat is the native variety of Conca de Barberà. It delivers very characteristic light and fruity wines of perfect acidity and medium alcohol content. Trepat is used for rosé wines, and for base wines to be turned into cavas of great personality. However, there is also an increasing number of red wines, and also some white wines, which are gaining widespread recognition.

Foto del Trepat, la varietat autòctona de la Conca de Barberà
» El Trepat, the native variety of Conca de Barberà

Cultivation area:: A black grape variety which is native to Conca de Barberà. Can also be found in the area around the River Corb - Baixa Segarra and, to a lesser extent, even in Conca de Tremp. There are not many alternatives to this variety. 

Production: Medium-high yield of 8,000 to 12,000 kg/ha. Predominantly used to produce rosé wines and cavas due to its light colour and moderate alcohol content.

Characteristics of the plant: Robust variety. Large and compact clusters. The grapes are large and round, with a medium thick skin. The plant sprouts early and its fruit ripens late (end of September or beginning of October)

The wine: Rosé wines made from the Trepat variety are distinctive, light, fresh and fruity, raspberry pink in colour, clear and bright. When turned into red wines, the grapes deliver a fresh and light wine with a colour between the red of cherries and rubies and the violet of blackcurrants. The notes that stand out on the palate are those of red fruit and liquorice, merged with a touch of spicy pepper and bayleaf. Their colour, aroma and flavour make these wines unique.

Other characteristics: Sensitive to spring frosts. Also sensitive to dead-arm disease (a fungus that can cause damage to the leaves, the branches and the grapes). Relatively resistant to botrytis (grey mould). A dry climate and slightly cool soils appear to be most adequate. Adapts well to most rootstocks. Thrives well when heavily pruned. Frequently develops shoots from old wood requiring green pruning.

This variety is indispensable for the Designation of Origin of Conca de Barberà. For that reason, it is subsidised, and the village of Barberà de la Conca holds the Trepat Festival in order to promote its consumption and to emphasise its importance for the region. A variety that lends this region a unique character.