Conca de Barberá

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Conca de Barberá, small but promising wine zone in Spanish cataluña, sandwiched in between penedès, costers del segre, and tarragona (see map under spain). At around 500 m/1,600 ft above sea level, this do experiences cold winters, and hot summer days are tempered by cool winds from the sea. Miguel torres of Penedès recognized the grape-growing potential of the limestone country around the Castillo de Milmanda and makes two of his most ambitious single-vineyard wines there: the white Milmanda and the red Grans Muralles. Some interesting rosé, and now red wines are also made from the local trepat vine. Most of Conca de Barberá’s grapes are used to produce cava, however, and consequently few wines carry the name of the DO on the label.