This young Designation of Origin from the province of Lleida, created in 1983, quickly gained prestige thanks to experimenting with unusual wines.
This young Designation of Origin from the province of Lleida, created in 1983, quickly gained prestige thanks to experimenting with unusual wines. By way of example, it was the first in Catalonia to introduce the varieties cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay.
The cultivated surface area covers approximately 40,000 hectares distributed over various districts. The effect of the continental climate and considerable differences in temperature are its distinctive features.
There is a predominance of white wines, which are light and mildly aromatic and are made using the xarello, parellada or chardonnay varieties. For the rosé wines which are fruity and full bodied trepat, pinot noir and tempranillo are selected. Finally, the red wines are made using the varieties cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and tempranillo, and are intense, full bodied and stand out by virtue of a balanced flavour.
This Designation has thirteen wine cellars. Some can be visited to discover how they make their wines, as well as trying and buying them. In the town of Verdú, the Cercavins wine cellar and in Casa Pardet they are dedicated to the production of organic wines.
Vallbona de les Monges is home to the company L'Olivera. In Tàrrega, Mora Vila and Carviresa. In El Segrià the Raimat wine cellar can be found in the village bearing the same name, work of Rubió i Bellver, and dating back to 1914.
And in La Noguera are the wine cellars of Castell del Remei, buiilt in 1780 by the Girona family. They have a restaurant, two lakes, an ancient mill and still.
Around about October 12, Verdú is the venue for the Festa de la Verema i del Ví.