Harvest 2018: High in Quality and Quantity

Harvest season in DO Conca de Barberà ended with high yields and superb quality, similar to previous years

This year’s harvest in Conca de Barberà encountered a few more issues than initially anticipated.
In addition to a sudden and quick grape ripening, certain areas were met with unexpected mildew and European Grapevine Moths. Thankfully, neither of these issues caused any significant problems.
 

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Peñín Guide Tastes 50 DO Conca de Barberà Wines – DO Conca de Barberà

Javier Luengo, part of the Peñín Guide tasting committee, stopped by DO Conca de Barberà Headquarters last Thursday to taste 50 wines from our DO. His tasting notes will published in the 2020 edition of the Peñín Guide (Guía Peñín).

Since its inception, the Peñín Guide has become Spain’s leading wine guide. The upcoming 2020 edition marks the publication’s 30th anniversary.
Mr. Luengo knows our region well from his previous tasting visits for the Guide. He commented particularly on the recent work of DO Conca de Barberà wineries:
“They are on a very interesting trajectory,” he notes, “especially with the wines they’re making from Trepat.”

He also commented on market trends, pointing out that DO Conca de Barberà wineries are already producing what is in demand: “Moderate alcohol wines that are fruity and refreshing.”

He noted that, above all, Conca de Barberà wineries shouldn’t stray from this trajectory, even if the market changes: “Winemakers shouldn’t abandon their established identity but rather, know how to maintain it.” Peñín Guide 2020 will be published at the end of this year.

DO Conca de Barberà “CONC-quers” 200 Industry Professionals at its Annual Showcase

Aiming to “CONC-quer” Barcelona, Designation of Origin Conca de Barberà hosted over 200 hospitality and beverage industry professionals at a lively event yesterday. Titled “Barcelona Will be CONC-quered,” the event was held at the Campos Elíseos Event Space in the heart of Barcelona. This event was the perfect opportunity for attendees to stop by and try the latest wines from DO Conca de Barberà.

Trepat is the star grape variety of our DO, and it took center stage at yesterday’s event. Attendees experienced first-hand the wide range of wine made with our native grape. A total of 80 wines were served by 15 participating wineries: 
Abadia de Poblet, Cara Nord, Castell D’Or, Celler Carles Andreu, Celler Rosa Maria Torres, Celler Vega Aixalà, Clos Montblanc, Costador – Metamorphika by Joan Franquet, Gerida Viticultors, Josep Foraster, Mas de la Pansa, Rendé Masdéu, Succés Vinícola, Vins de Pedra and Vins i Caves Portell.

Attendees also delighted in traditional food from the Conca de Barberà region, while music from Troffa Hamra provided an upbeat soundtrack for the event.

Mariona Rendé and Bernat Andreu, members of the DO Conca de Barberà Regulatory Board, conducted a guided tasting of five monovarietal wines:
Castell de la Comanda 2012 Reserva, from Castell d’Or; Samsó 2014 from Vega Aixalà; Clos Montblanc Trepat 2015; Carles Andreu Trepat 2017; and Insòlit 2016 from Rendé Masdéu.

Celebrate Saint George’s Day with DO Conca de Barberà Wine

“El Mercat” Wine and Cava Festival will take place during Montblanc Medieval Week.
After much anticipation, this incredible opportunity to experience all that DO Conca de Barberà has to offer has finally arrived! In just a few days, you’ll have the chance to taste exceptional wine and chat with local winemakers about their craft.
Twelve DO Conca de Barberà wineries will be present at this year’s edition of “El Mercat.” They’re excited to share their wines with you, especially Trepat. This light and fruity wine is made from the eponymous grape variety native to our region. Whether it’s Trepat or another varietal, DO Conca de Barberà wines pair beautifully with our region’s traditional dishes. We’ll have two food booths at “El Mercat” so you can create a pairing that’s uniquely yours.
Because “El Mercat” takes place during Medieval Week, you’ll have the luxury of enjoying DO Conca de Barberà wines in a lively medieval ambiance. In between sips, you can check out a number of shows and exhibits that depict life in medieval Catalonia.
“El Mercat” will take place at Plaça de Santa Maria, adjacent to Plaça Major in the historic heart of Montblanc.
Simply put, this opportunity to taste and learn about our region’s food and wine is not to be missed!
Over these two weekends, “El Mercat” will be open until nine o’clock in the evening on Saturdays for you to enjoy wine and cava. Each tasting will cost 1-2€.
This is a unique opportunity to taste the latest wines as as well as the classics from the DO Conca de Barberà wineries.
The apostles and gargoyles carved into the façade of the Plaça de Santa Maria church will watch from above as, glass in hand, you savor the best wines from our region.
Wineries Participating in “El Mercat” 2019:
Agrícola de Barberà, Celler Pla de la Masó, Carles Andreu, Cellers Domenys, Gerida Viticultors, Mas de la Sabatera, Mas Foraster, Rendé Masdéu, Riudabella, Rosa Mª Torres, Succés Vinícola, and Vins de Pedra.

El Mercat” will take place over two weekends:

  • Saturday, April 27th: 11 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, April 28th: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, May 4th: 11 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, May 5th: 11 am – 4 pm

How it works
Stop by the welcome booth to purchase a souvenir wine glass for 3€ (hands-free holder included). Then put that glass to work as you visit the booths of our 12 participating wineries. Tasting pours start at just 1€ each.
If you’re feeling hungry, stop by one of the food booths and create a pairing that’s uniquely yours.

Enter to win a bottle of wine
Participate on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM (@doconcadebarbera), and TWITTER (@doconcabarbera) by using the hashtag #MercatDOConca

Here at DO Conca de Barberà, we want to learn about our guests’ experience so we launched a social media campaign for you to show us the best of “El Mercat.” Snap a photo of the wine you’re enjoying, your friends, or even the festival ambiance.

Share your photos using the hashtag #MercatDOConca and follow us on Instagram or Twitter to be automatically entered to win a bottle of wine, courtesy of DO Conca de Barberà.

Montblanc, Wine, and the Middle Ages
The evolution of Conca de Barberà viticulture is closely tied to the history of our region. The earliest records date back to Roman times, and possibly even before then. 
However, it was in the Middle Ages when viticulture began to play an important role here. This makes Montblanc Medieval Week the perfect time to showcase DO Conca de Barberà wine and cava.
As in previous years, Medieval Week is expected to draw large crowds. We’re delighted that so many of these attendees will also have the opportunity to taste and learn about our wine at “El Mercat.”

While at the Festival, make sure to save room in your glass for Trepat. This wine made from the eponymous grape variety native to Conca de Barberà is light, fruity, and smooth.

“El Mercat” Wine and Cava Festival will take place over the weekends of April 27-28 and May 4-5. As this event coincides with Montblanc Medieval Week, visitors can also enjoy the Medieval Market, shows that depict life in medieval Catalonia, and exhibits honoring Saint George, Catalonia’s patron saint. Join us! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (CATALAN): https://www.setmanamedieval.cat/programa.php

PARTICIPATING WINERIES::

1Celler Carles Andreu
2Cellers Domenys
3Agrícola de Barberà
4Gerida Viticultors
5Vins de Pedra
6Celler Mas Foraster
7Celler Pla de la Masó
8Rendé Masdéu
9Rosa Mª Torres
10Succés Vinícola
11Riudabella
12Mas de la Sabatera

4,000 Glasses Sold at First Weekend of “El Mercat” Wine and Cava Festival – DO Conca de Barberà

Twelve wineries from DO Conca de Barberà took center stage during the first weekend of “El Mercat” Wine and Cava Festival. Guests had the opportunity to taste our exceptional wines and learn more about local winemaking.

Although Sunday happened to coincide with national legislative elections, “El Mercat” still drew enthusiastic crowds from both near and far. 

This year, we welcomed wine lovers from Tarragona province, the Barcelona metro area, and more visitors than ever from abroad.

Join us for the final weekend of “El Mercat

  • Saturday, May 4th: 11 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, May 5th: 11 am – 4 pm

How it works

Stop by the welcome booth to purchase a souvenir wine glass for 3€ (hands-free holder included). Then put that glass to work as you visit the booths of our 12 participating wineries. Tasting pours start at just 1€ each.

If you’re feeling hungry, stop by one of the food booths and create a pairing that’s uniquely yours.

Enter to win a bottle of wine

Participate on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM (@doconcadebarbera), and TWITTER (@doconcabarbera) by using the hashtag #MercatDOConca

Here at DO Conca de Barberà, we want to learn about our guests’ experience so we launched a social media campaign for you to show us the best of “El Mercat.” Snap a photo of the wine you’re enjoying, your friends, or even the festival ambiance.

Share your photos using the hashtag #MercatDOConca and follow us on Instagram or Twitter to be automatically entered to win a bottle of wine, courtesy of DO Conca de Barberà.

Montblanc, Wine, and the Middle Ages

The evolution of Conca de Barberà viticulture is closely tied to the history of our region. The earliest records date back to Roman times, and possibly even before then. However, it was in the Middle Ages when viticulture began to play an important role here. This makes Montblanc Medieval Week the perfect time to showcase DO Conca de Barberà wine and cava.

As in previous years, Medieval Week is expected to draw large crowds. We’re delighted that so many of these attendees will also have the opportunity to taste and learn about our wine at “El Mercat.”

While at the Festival, make sure to save room in your glass for Trepat. This wine made from the eponymous grape variety native to Conca de Barberà is light, fruity, and smooth.

“El Mercat” Wine and Cava Festival will take place over the weekends of April 27-28 and May 4-5. As this event coincides with Montblanc Medieval Week, visitors can also enjoy the Medieval Market, shows that depict life in medieval Catalonia, and exhibits honoring Saint George, Catalonia’s patron saint. Join us! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (CATALAN): https://www.setmanamedieval.cat/programa.php

PARTICIPATING WINERIES:

1Celler Carles Andreu
2Cellers Domenys
3Agrícola de Barberà
4Gerida Viticultors
5Vins de Pedra
6Celler Mas Foraster
7Celler Pla de la Masó
8Rendé Masdéu
9Rosa Mª Torres
10Succés Vinícola
11Riudabella
12Mas de la Sabatera

 

22,000 Tasting Pours Served at “El Mercat” Wine and Cava Festival – DO Conca de Barberà

Over the last two weekends, 12 DO Conca de Barberà wineries took center stage at “El Mercat” Wine and Cava Festival. 22,000 tasting pours were served, exceeding last year’s total. Attendees had the unique opportunity to taste exceptional DO Conca de Barberà wines and chat with winemakers about their craft.

Sales of souvenir wine glasses totaled 6,500, proving that “El Mercat” has earned its place on the wine lover’s calendar.

One of the most highly anticipated events of Montblanc Medieval Week, “El Mercat” showcases DO Conca de Barberà while honoring our region’s medieval history.

Thousands of people descend on the festival hoping to taste the wide variety of wine and cava produced here in the Conca de Barberà region.

The festival’s pleasant ambiance and an increasingly sophisticated public were the perfect ingredients to turn Montblanc Medieval Week into a celebration of DO Conca de Barberà wine.

The first Sunday of the festival happened to coincide with national legislative elections, but beautiful weather brought in a great crowd. In the first two days alone, 4,000 souvenir wine glasses were sold.

The good weather continued and the second weekend of the festival also enjoyed solid attendance.

Here at DO Conca de Barberà, we saw “El Mercat” as a great opportunity to introduce our new wine tourism initiative, the Trepat Tour Route.

Developed in conjunction with the regional tourism board, this initiative showcases Trepat, the grape variety native to Conca de Barberà. We hope to promote not only the grape but also the wineries that produce Trepat wine.

The new initiative, as well as “El Mercat” itself, is generating buzz here in Conca de Barberà as well as outside of our region.

This year, we welcomed wine lovers from Tarragona province, the Barcelona metro area, and more visitors than ever from abroad.

These guests are familiar with our wines, yet they are still surprised by how many wineries have already embraced Trepat. This grape produces wines that truly stand out in the market and those who attended “El Mercat” had the pleasure of tasting Trepat in a unique environment.

According to DO Conca de Barberà President Mariona Rendé, “Our wine pairs perfectly with a medieval festival honoring Catalonia’s patron, Saint George.

“In this setting, historical heritage, wine, and culture come together to create a robust platform on which we can promote our region’s wine and food.”

Visitors relished the opportunity to pair DO Conca de Barberà wines with traditional regional dishes, all while enjoying a lively medieval ambiance.

One guest remarked, “It’s truly a luxury to enjoy the shows and activities of Medieval Week with Conca de Barberà wines in hand.”

Bernat Andreu Named President of DO Conca de Barberà

DO Conca de Barberà has new leadership. Bernat Andreu Ribó, from the winery Celler Carles Andreu, has been named President of DO Conca de Barberà. Mr. Andreu steps into his new role after several years as a member of our DO Regulatory Board.

A Montblanc native, Mr. Andreu has always been involved with Celler Carles Andreu, his family’s winery. When he was 22, Mr Andreu worked in Germany for two years as a wine cellar manager. But he returned to Conca de Barberà in 2010 to rejoin the family business.

Starting at Celler Carles Andreu as cellar manager, Mr. Andreu now also works in the sales and marketing aspects of the business. Wanting to expand his knowledge even further, he earned a Sommelier Certificate from the CETT School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy in Barcelona.

Mr. Andreu, who ran uncontested, takes over for Mariona Rendé as President. Ms. Rendé has been at the helm of DO Conca de Barberà for the last four years. During her term she has spearheaded initiatives that have notably increased the prestige of our DO.

Ms. Rendé will continue to serve as a member on the new Regulatory Board.

Today, the outgoing Regulatory Board was dissolved and the incoming Board took power. The incoming DO Conca de Barberà Regulatory Board Members are:

  • Adolf Jaume Serra, Viticulture Sector
  • Josep Miró Selma, Viticulture Sector
  • Ricard Poblet Bonastre, Viticulture Sector
  • Ramon M. Corbella Español, Viticulture Sector
  • Josep M. Canela Canela, Viticulture Sector
  • Ricard Sebastià Foraster, Viniculture Sector
  • Mariona Rendé Civit, Viniculture Sector
  • Bernat Andreu Ribó, Viniculture Sector
  • Xavier Cepero Yeste, Viniculture Sector
  • Mariona Vendrell Blanco, Viniculture Sector

These incoming board members voted unanimously to name Bernat Andreu President of DO Conca de Barberà.

Trepat is the grape variety native to Conca de Barberà. It is the base for our DO’s classic refreshing and fruity rosé. Clear and luminous in the glass, Trepat rosé has a beautiful pink raspberry color.

Trepat is the grape variety native to Conca de Barberà. It is the base for our DO’s classic refreshing and fruity rosé. Clear and luminous in the glass, Trepat rosé has a beautiful pink raspberry color.

Trepat is the grape variety native to Conca de Barberà. It is the base for our DO’s classic refreshing and fruity rosé. Clear and luminous in the glass, Trepat rosé has a beautiful pink raspberry color.

With such a great crowd, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to pay tribute to our outgoing Regulatory Board President, Mariona Rendé, who is stepping down after four years of dedicated service. With such a great crowd, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to pay tribute to our outgoing Regulatory Board President, Mariona Rendé, who is stepping down after four years of dedicated service.

The official tastings for the 29th Wine Contest took place on May 23rd at Hostatgeria de Poblet, a hotel-restaurant complex adjacent to the Santa Maria de Poblet Monastery. That day, 18 judges spent two hours tasting the contest entry wines. A total of 73 wines (divided into 11 categories) were evaluated: 34 reds, 18 whites, 15 sparkling wines, and 6 rosés. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

LIST OF WINNERS:

  • YOUNG WHITE WINE – WINNER:LLUM Sanstravé Chardonnay/Muscat 2018, from Celler Cal Gasset
  • SECOND PLACE:PUIG DE SOLIVELLA Macabeu 2018, from Castell D’Or
  • THIRD PLACE:CARA NORD White 2018, from Cara Nord Celler
  • YOUNG ROSÉ – WINNER: CARA NORD Trepat Rosé 2018, from Cara Nord Celler
  • SECOND PLACE: EL FOLLET Syrah 2018, from Rendé Masdéu
  • THIRD PLACE: ELS NANOS Trepat Rosé 2018, from Mas Foraster

 

  • YOUNG RED WINE – WINNER:JOVE I ROIG Merlot 2018, from Celler Cal Gasset
  • SECOND PLACE:ENCANTATS Tempranillo 2018, from Gerida Viticultors
  • THIRD PLACE: ELS NANOS Red 2018, from Celler Mas Foraster

 

  • FERMENTED OR AGED-IN-WOOD RED WINE – WINNER: LES GALLINETES 2018, from Celler Mas Foraster
  • SECOND PLACE: TOSSAL DE LA SALUT Red Grenache 2016, from Celler Abadia de Poblet
  • THIRD PLACE: PORTELL Merlot 2017, from Celler Vinícola de Sarral
  • RED TREPAT – WINNER: GRILLAT 2018, from Celler Pla de la Masó
  • SECOND PLACE: TREMPAT 2018, from Celler Marta Pedra
  • THIRD PLACE: CARLES ANDREU Trepat 2017, from Celler Carles Andreu

 

  • FERMENTED OR BARREL-AGED WHITE WINE – WINNER: L’ORN Chardonnay/Parellada 2018, from Celler Marta Pedra
  • SECOND PLACE: MONTANYES DE PRADES Chardonnay 2017, from Celler Molí dels Capellans
  • THIRD PLACE:ABADIA DE POBLET Macabeu/Parellada 2016, from Celler Abadia de Poblet

 

  • BARREL-AGED RED WINE – WINNER: ARNAU Syrah 2015, from Celler Rendé Masdéu
  • SECOND PLACE: JOSEP FORASTER Crianza 2016, from Celler Mas Foraster
  • THIRD PLACE: ABADIA DE POBLET 2016, from Celler Abadia de Poblet

 

  • RED RESERVA WINE – WINNER: MANUELA VENTOSA 2012, from Celler Rendé Masdéu
  • SECOND PLACE: PORTELL Reserva 2013, from Celler Vinícola de Sarral
  • THIRD PLACE: JOSEP FORASTER Selecció 2011, from Celler Mas Foraster

 

  • SPARKLING (BRUT) – WINNER: CARLES ANDREU 2017, from Celler Carles Andreu
  • SECOND PLACE:  LA PARELLADA 2016 Brut Reserva, from Celler Vinícola de Sarral
  • THIRD PLACE: CASTELL DE LA COMANDA Brut, from Celler Agrícola de Barberà

 

  • SPARKLING (BRUT NATURE) – WINNER: L’ERA DEL CELDONI 2011, from Celler Carles Andreu
  • SECOND PLACE:SANSTRAVÉ Gran Reserva 2014, from Celler Cal Gasset
  • THIRD PLACE: LES TRES NAUS Brut Nature 2014, from Cellers Domenys

 

  • SPARKLING (ROSÉ) – WINNER: CASTELL DE LA COMANDA Trepat Brut 2018, from Castell D’Or
  • SECOND PLACE: CARLES ANDREU Trepat (Barrel) 2016, from Celler Carles Andreu
  • THIRD PLACE: LES TRES NAUS Trepat 2015, from Cellers Domenys

Introducing the Trepat Tour Route

Together with the Conca de Barberà regional tourism board, we here at DO Conca de Barberà are proud to unveil a new wine tourism initiative: Trepat Tour Route (La Ruta del Trepat).

Trepat, the grape variety native to Conca de Barberà, is at the heart of the Tour Route. This exciting initiative showcases the grape itself as well as the wineries that produce Trepat wine.

As we created the Trepat Tour Route, we considered wine tourism as any of the following activities: visiting vineyards and wineries, attending wine festivals, attending exhibitions that include wine tasting, or any other activity in which wine tasting plays a primary role.

The Conca de Barberà region offers many of these experiences, but what sets this area apart is Trepat, a wine that can only be tasted here.

We considered three main factors when creating the Trepat Tour Route:

  • Uniqueness:
    • Promote Trepat, a resource only available in Conca de Barberà.
    • Implement Family Tourism, organizing activities for children to do while their parents enjoy wine tasting or other aspects of a winery visit.
    • Highlight the unique landscape of our region.
  • Coordinating with private sector stakeholders such as DO Conca de Barberà wineries and “agro-shops” that sell local produce and other products.
  • Select tourism-based ideas so that wineries can offer specific ideas that are adapted to tourists’ preferences and can be carried out in a structured way — for example, a guided cellar visit plus tasting.

Participating wineries must meet these three criteria:

  1. Be a member of DO Conca de Barberà
  2. Make Trepat wine
  3. Offer at least one structured tourist activity

*** Because this initiative is still under development, new wineries and/or towns could join the Trepat Tour Route at any time.

Goals for the Trepat Tour Route

  • Create a wine tourism experience that stands out because it focuses on Trepat, a grape native to this region and the only one of its kind in the world.
  • Promote and increase wine tourism in the Conca de Barberà region.
  • Market DO Conca de Barberà wineries that make Trepat wine and offer structured tourist activities.
  • Promote and increase wine tourism in the Conca de Barberà region
  • Market DO Conca de Barberà wineries that make Trepat wine and offer structured tourist activities.
  • Promote “agro-shops,” purveyors of produce and artisan food products from Conca de Barberà.
  • Publicize active tourism as well as Conca de Barberà wine museums.
  • Promote stewardship of the land where Trepat is grown.

Trepat Tour Route Features

  • Stand out from existing tourism routes by emphasizing the availability of activities for children i.e., family tourism.
  • Encourage visiting mutliple wineries through incentive pricing (e.g., visit three wineries and earn a flat tasting rate). After visiting three wineries, the visitor will receive two bottles of Trepat from DO Conca de Barberà.
  • Include non-wine related organizations that contribute to the experience of drinking Trepat, such as “agro-shops,” museums, festivals, and active tourism
  • Showcase our region’s unique terrain by adding the label “Trepat Country” to local maps

Participating wineries currently include:

  • Agrícola de Barberà de la Conca
  • Celler Clos Montblanc (Barberà de la Conca)
  • Celler Carles Andreu (Pira)
  • Celler Mas Foraster (Montblanc)
  • Celler Rendé-Masdéu (l’Espluga de Francolí)
  • Celler modernista de Sarral
  • Vins de Pedra (Montblanc)
  • Celler Sanstravé (Solivella)
  • Costador Terroirs Mediterranis (Barberà de la Conca)
  • Gèrida Viticultors

Unveiling the Trepat Tour Route and publishing promotional materials is merely the beginning. New marketing campaigns for the Tour Route, some of which have already been described above, will continue to be developed in conjunction with the Conca de Barberà regional tourism board.