A unique heritage
Wine quality depends both on grape quality and the work of the winemaker who has to transfer the personality of the terroir into the bottle.
In Penedès region we have a unique heritage that has a big influence in our wines.
The vineyards of Parés Baltà are located around five estates that have a wide variety of climates and soils.
These microclimates are defined by the geography: the altitude, the rainfall, the nearness to the Mediterranean Sea or the river Foix and 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 from 170m to almost 800 meters and some of them only 10 kilometers from the sea. On the highest vineyards, the thermal oscillation makes the grapes to ripe slower and usually they are ready to be harvested 4-6 weeks later than grapes on lower altitudes.
Some of our vines grow on terraces along the river Foix – which has its birth in our valley – and that gives some pretty unique growing conditions.
Wide Range of Grape Varieties
The quality starts in the fruit. In Parés Baltà we value the indigenous grapes such as Garnatxa, Xarel.lo, Macabeu, Parellada, Sumoll, Carinyena Blanca, Escanyavelles and Malvasia.
However, 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 (400-800m) and cooler temperature. At the lower areas (170-350m), 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 soils: calcareous, clay and areas with important quantities of marine fossils. We have different kinds of textures in our soils from very rocky, sharp and edgy stones to round and small stones which have been polished by the water for millions of years.
The areestate where there are marine fossils is closer to the Mediterranean Sea and millions of years ago it was completely covered. That type of soil is characterized for being very permeable and for retaining little water. As a result, it makes the grapes really tasty and concentrated.