Terra Alta is a Spanish Protected Designation of Origin located at the west of the province of Tarragona, between the Ebro river and Aragón border. It was provisionally recognized in 1972 and currently has 57 registered wineries.
The rolling hills of Terra Alta are home to both longstanding cooperatives and upstart wineries, cultivating both native and international grape varieties. Together with Alella, Conca de Barberà, Empordà, Penedès, Priorat and Tarragona, it is one of the seven historical appellations of origin in Catalonia. The uniqueness of “Terra Alta” is due to the “Mediterranean inland” condition in the wine-growing terroir, the predominance of traditional varieties and the existence of a wine-growing culture with its own identity.
Garnacha is vital to the region, with red Garnacha representing 26% of the total production and white Garnacha representing 20%. While red wines are important and of high quality, this region has been recognized for white wine since the 19th century and includes 30% of the world’s white Garnacha.
The plateau and valley floor, where vines are concentrated, include soils of limestone and clay, with coarse elements that encourage good aeration and drainage. The Mediterranean climate of Terra Alta skews continental in the winter, with the potential for severe cold and a danger of late frosts in spring. Abundant sunshine and the convergence of two winds — cold from the north and humid from the south — promote good vine health.
Campo de Borja offers both rosé and red wines from Garnacha. The available reds range from young wines, to those with age designations like Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva, all showing clear fruity aromas, energy and personality. Altitude has a profound effect, with powerful and aromatic red Garnacha coming from the lowlands, while the wines grow more subtle and elegant with higher elevation.
Spicy chorizo and cheese tortilla.
Lentil salad. Mashed potatoes with paprika and bacon.
Char-grilled spring onions
Chicken enchiladas with molé.
Spanish egg and sausage stew.
Spicy cod with tomato sauce.
Grilled young lamb chops
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