A unique heritage
Wine quality depends on grape quality and the work of the winemaker who has to transfer the personality of the vine to the bottle.
We will try to show some of the elements of this heritage
The vineyards of Parés Baltà are located over five estates that have a wide variety of climates and soils.
These microclimates are defined by geography, i.e. the altitude, the rainfall, the nearness to the Mediterranean Sea or the river Foix or the sun exposure. As the climates and soils favor our grape varietals in many different ways, it is a delicate task to find the right environment for the vines to develop their special characters and personalities.
Our estates are situated on altitudes ranging from 170 to almost 800 meters and only 10 kilometers from the sea. On the highest vineyards the thermal oscillation makes the grapes ripen slower and usually they are ready to be harvested 4-6 weeks later than grapes on lower vineyards.
Some of our vines grow on terraces along the river Foix – which has its spring in our valley – and that gives some pretty unique growing conditions to our vineyards.
Wide Range of Grape Varieties
In Parés Baltà we treasure the indigenous grapes like Garnatxa, Xarel.lo, Macabeu and Parellada.
Nevertheless, and thanks to the diversity of soils and microclimates we also have Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Mencía and Merlot in the vineyards with higher altitude and cooler temperature. Lower down, in the vineyards with warmer temperatures we cultivate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Muscat, Petit Verdot and Touriga Nacional.
Some grape varieties are cultivated in order to produce monovarietal wines whereas others are meant to be blended.
Mosaic of soils
The type of soil where the vines are cultivated has a vital influence on the wines.
The best soils are normally poor of organic materials.
In our vineyards we also have a significant diversity of calcareous soils, clay, and areas with important quantities of marine fossils. We have different kind of textures in our soils, like very rocky elements of sharp and edgy stones, but also round and small stones which have been polished by the water for millions of years.
The area with marine fossils is closer to the Mediterranean Sea, and millions of years ago it was at the bottom of it. That type of soil is characterized for being very permeable and for retaining little water. The resulting suffering makes the grapes highly tasty and concentrated.