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Commission Implementing Decision of 27 November 2018 on the publication in the Official Journal of the European Union of an application for amendment of a specification for a name in the wine sector referred to in Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Cataluña/Catalunya (PDO))

C/2018/8070

OJ C 437, 4.12.2018, p. 5–28 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

Date of entry into force unknown (pending notification) or not yet in force., Date of effect: 24/12/2018

4.12.2018   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 437/5


COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION

of 27 November 2018

on the publication in the Official Journal of the European Union of an application for amendment of a specification for a name in the wine sector referred to in Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

(Cataluña/Catalunya (PDO))

(2018/C 437/05)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 December 2013 establishing a common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and repealing Council Regulations (EEC) No 922/72, (EEC) No 234/79, (EC) No 1037/2001 and (EC) No 1234/2007 (1), and in particular Article 97(3) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Spain has sent an application for amendment of the specification for the name ‘Cataluña’/‘Catalunya’ in accordance with Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.

(2)

The Commission has examined the application and concluded that the conditions laid down in Articles 93 to 96, Article 97(1), and Articles 100, 101 and 102 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 have been met.

(3)

In order to allow for the presentation of statements of opposition in accordance with Article 98 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, the application for amendment of the specification for the name ‘Cataluña’/‘Catalunya’ should be published in the Official Journal of the European Union,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Sole Article

The application for amendment of the specification for the name ‘Cataluña’/‘Catalunya’ (PDO), in accordance with Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, is contained in the Annex to this Decision.

In accordance with Article 98 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, the publication of this Decision confers the right to oppose the amendment of the specification referred to in the first paragraph of this Article within two months of the date of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Done at Brussels, 27 November 2018.

For the Commission

Phil HOGAN

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 347, 20.12.2013, p. 671.


ANNEX

‘CATALUÑA’/‘CATALUNYA’

PDO-ES-A1549-AM03

Date of application: 14.11.2016

REQUEST FOR AMENDMENT TO THE PRODUCT SPECIFICATION

1.   Rules applicable to the amendment

Article 105 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council — Non-minor modification

2.   Description and reasons for amendment

2.1.   Enlargement of the production area

This amendment affects point 4 of the specification (Demarcation of the geographical area) and point 6 of the single document (Demarcated area).

It is a response to requests from the growers and wineries in the municipalities covered by the enlargement, which have for years been producing wines of demonstrated quality, under the same soil and climate conditions and with the same historical context as the rest of the municipalities that formed the production area at the time when this Designation of Origin was created.

This has been demonstrated by a technical analysis commissioned for the purpose (Estudio de aptitud del territorio de Catalunya para el cultivo de la vid, según factores edafoclimáticos e históricos. Propuesta de sectorización de la DO CATALUNYA [‘Study on the suitability of the land in Catalonia for vine-growing, according to soil, climate and historical factors. Sector division proposal for PDO ‘CATALUÑA’/‘CATALUNYA’], Limonium, 2014). According to that study, the soils of the newly incorporated municipalities (in terms of their composition, texture and structure), the climate factors that condition them (temperature, rainfall, sunshine, temperature range, evapotranspiration/water deficit and frosts), and an identical human factor (history and culture) guarantee that the organoleptic profile of the wines produced is identical to that defined in the product specification for each of the product categories.

The enlargement concerns the following 74 municipalities:

 

Aguilar de Segarra

 

Albagés, l'

 

Albons

 

Alfarràs

 

Arenys de Mar

 

Arenys de Munt

 

Badalona

 

Baronia de Rialb, la

 

Bellcaire d'Empordà

 

Bigues i Riells

 

Bisbal d'Empordà, la

 

Bovera

 

Bruc, el

 

Cabacés

 

Cabrera de Mar

 

Calella

 

Canonja, la

 

Capafons

 

Cardedeu

 

Castellolí

 

Conca de Dalt

 

Corçà

 

Cruïlles, Monells i Sant Sadurní de l'Heura

 

Febró, la

 

Franqueses del Vallès

 

Gaià

 

Gimenells i el Pla de la Font

 

Granollers

 

Ivars d'Urgell

 

Ivars de Noguera

 

Juncosa

 

Llardecans

 

Lliçà d'Amunt

 

Llorenç del Penedès

 

Lloret de Mar

 

Maials

 

Marçà

 

Massoteres

 

Mataró

 

Mont-ral

 

Mont-ras

 

Mont-roig del Camp

 

Os de Balaguer

 

Pla del Penedès, el

 

Pobla de Segur, la

 

Prades

 

Salàs de Pallars

 

Sant Cebrià de Vallalta

 

Sant Feliu de Buixalleu

 

Sant Feliu de Codines

 

Sant Feliu de Guíxols

 

Sant Iscle de Vallalta

 

Sant Jordi Desvalls

 

Sant Llorenç Savall

 

Sant Martí Vell

 

Sant Pol de Mar

 

Sentmenat

 

Siurana d'Empordà

 

Sort

 

Tallada d'Empordà

 

Tivissa

 

Tordera

 

Torrefarrera

 

Tortellà

 

Ullà

 

Vallgorguina

 

Vandellós i l'Hospitalet de l'Infant

 

Ventalló

 

Vilademuls

 

Vilamalla

 

Vilanova de Prades

 

Vilassar de Mar

 

Vilopriu

 

Vinyols i els Arcs

2.2.   Lower acidity

This amendment affects point 2.1.3 of the specification (Physical and chemical properties) and point 4 of the single document (Description of the wine(s)).

Total tartaric acid has been reduced because in recent harvests it has become increasingly difficult for wineries to reach the established threshold. Products often failed to pass analytical checks, despite scoring high in organoleptic testing. It was therefore decided that the minimum total acidity would be reduced to the value laid down in EU rules.

As a result, the minimum total acidity value has been reduced to 3,5 g/l, expressed in tartaric acid, for the three categories of product, irrespective of colour.

2.3.   Changes to alcoholic strength limits for the wine and semi-sparkling wine product categories

The removal of the actual alcoholic strength ceiling is inversely linked to the previous point. As the climate becomes hotter and drier with each passing year, total acidity drops and the alcoholic strength of the wines — particularly red wines — increases.

Although at first glance it may seem incongruous to eliminate the upper limit for one value and reduce the limit for the other, these changes have been requested for different product types, albeit from the same category.

Nowadays, to obtain the necessary quality in wines intended for ageing, a good phenolic ripeness of the skin and pips is essential. It is a well-known fact that phenolic ripeness often lags behind sugar ripeness (i.e. the sugar-to-acid ratio in the pulp). As a result of climate change — today undisputed among the scientific community — a growing gap between sugar ripeness and phenolic ripeness is becoming increasingly frequent. This results in pulp with a high sugar concentration at harvest, meaning that the resulting wine has a higher alcohol content.

In young and semi-sparkling wines, however, the preference has been gradually shifting to lower alcoholic strengths. As prolonged soaking with the skins is not required for the production of young wines, a lack of phenolic ripeness is not as decisive as it is for wines intended for ageing.

As a result:

The maximum actual alcoholic strength of 15 % vol. has been removed (changing point 2.1.1. of the specification but not affecting the single document).

The maximum total volumetric alcohol content laid down in EU legislation is applied (changing point 2.1 of the specification and point 4 of the single document).

The minimum actual alcoholic strength by volume is reduced to 4,5 % vol. for white, rosé and red wines entitled to use the qualifier xispejant (changing point 2.1.1. of the specification and point 4 of the single document).

Minimum actual strength and total alcoholic strength are reduced for semi-sparkling wines (changing point 2.1.2 of the specification and point 4 of the single document).

2.4.   Introduction of the labelling term Xispejant

This amendment affects point 8.3 of the specification (Presentation and labelling of products) and point 9 of the single document (Essential further conditions). An organoleptic description is introduced in point 2.2.1 of the specification and point 4 of the single document.

The qualifier xispejant is intended to be used to label some of the young wines with a lower alcoholic strength. The aim is to attract new consumers, preferably from the 20-30 age group (who will undoubtedly be responsible for carrying on the wine-drinking tradition in the future).

The term is to be used to evoke a lower-alcohol product with residual sugars and a slight presence of naturally occurring carbon dioxide (the Catalan word xispejant means ‘tangy’). These wines are therefore accessible and easy to drink, ideal for the first-time consumer whose tastes will later become more sophisticated and move on to other more serious, complex wines.

Catalan society has a historical and cultural link with wines featuring naturally occurring carbon dioxide, as demonstrated by the fact that the specification already features a ‘semi-sparkling wine’ category, and by Catalonia's major sparkling wine production industry, whose origins date back to the first half of the nineteenth century.

2.5.   Increase in barrel capacity

This amendment affects point 2 of the specification (Product description), for wines labelled with the words Barrica (‘Barrel’) or Roble (‘Oak’). It does not affect the single document.

Barrel capacity is increased from the current limit of 330 litres to 600 litres, the maximum volume at which, under the prevailing Spanish rules, the words Barrica and Roble can be used in labelling and presentation to describe the ageing of PDO ‘Cataluña’/‘Catalunya’ products.

The maximum capacity currently stated in the specification, 330 litres, presents an obstacle to the competitiveness of PDO ‘Cataluña’/‘Catalunya’ wineries vis-à-vis other designations of origin. The cost of ageing per litre of wine is higher with the current maximum barrel volume than it would be with 600-litre barrels.

Besides, the market trend is shifting towards wines that are less influenced by wood. Increasing barrel capacity reduces the ratio of inner surface to volume of wine stored, therefore also reducing the aromas and tannins contributed by the wood per litre of wine.

2.6.   Removal of planting density rules

This amendment affects point 3 of the specification (Specific cultivation and oenological practices) and point 5 of the single document (Wine-making practices).

Until now, planting density has been restricted to between 1 800 vines per hectare (minimum) and 4 500 vines per hectare (maximum). However, it is considered that the production yields laid down in the specification already provide enough control, and so the planting density rules should be removed.

2.7.   Maximum total alcoholic strength

This amendment affects point 2.1 of the specification and point 4 of the single document (Description of the wine(s)).

Any values that are not expressly stated must be compliant the established legal limits, and the descriptions of the various categories of wine include general statements to the effect that the limits laid down in EU law apply.

SINGLE DOCUMENT

1.   Registered name

‘Cataluña’

‘Catalunya’

2.   Geographical indication type

PDO — Protected Designation of Origin

3.   Categories of grapevine products

1.

Wine

3.

Liqueur wine

8.

Semi-sparkling wine

4.   Description of the wine(s)

Wine — Whites

These wines are modern and innovative. Their colour ranges from pale yellow with greenish hints to intense golden tones. The wines' aromatic intensity is medium to high, and they are more or less structured depending on vine yield. They feature moderate acidity and a good alcohol content, and leave the drinker wanting to take another sip. Floral and/or fruity notes are predominant in the younger wines, while wood-ageing lends the matured wines tertiary aromas characterised by vanilla and even toasted tones. The young wines are light and fresh, while the more mature wines are more unctuous and reminiscent of the barrels in which they are aged.

Maximum total alcoholic strength: the maximum limits laid down in EU law apply.

Maximum sulphur dioxide: 200 mg/l if the sugar content is less than 5 g/l and 250 mg/l if it is 5 g/l or higher.

General analytical characteristics

Maximum total alcoholic strength (in % volume)

 

Minimum actual alcoholic strength (in % volume)

10

Minimum total acidity

3,5 in grams per litre expressed as tartaric acid

Maximum volatile acidity (in milliequivalents per litre)

13,3

Maximum total sulphur dioxide (in milligrams per litre)

 

Wine — Rosés

These wines are modern and innovative. Their colour ranges from bright red with an iridescent violet sheen to intermediate orange tones to onion skins. The wines' aromatic intensity is medium to high, and they are more or less structured depending on vine yield. They have a good alcohol content, and leave the drinker wanting to take another sip. These wines are light, fresh and balanced.

Maximum total alcoholic strength: the maximum limits laid down in EU law apply.

Maximum sulphur dioxide: 200 mg/l if the sugar content is less than 5 g/l and 250 mg/l if it is 5 g/l or higher.

General analytical characteristics

Maximum total alcoholic strength (in % volume)

 

Minimum actual alcoholic strength (in % volume)

10,5

Minimum total acidity

3,5 in grams per litre expressed as tartaric acid

Maximum volatile acidity (in milliequivalents per litre)

13,3

Maximum total sulphur dioxide (in milligrams per litre)

 

Wine — Reds

Depending on ageing, their colour ranges from an intense cherry colour to faint ruby with a hint of ochre. The wines' aromatic intensity is medium to high, with the extent of their structure depending on the vine yield. They feature moderate acidity and a good alcohol content, and leave the drinker wanting to take another sip. The young wines are light and full of flavour, whereas fermenting and/or ageing in wooden barrels leads to well-rounded and longer-lasting wines that are mild but structured.

Maximum total alcoholic strength: the maximum limits laid down in EU law apply.

Volatile acidity may exceed 1 mEq/l for each degree of alcoholic strength in excess of 11 % and year of ageing, up to 20 mEq/l.

Maximum sulphur dioxide: 150 mg/l if the sugar content is less than 5 g/l and 200 mg/l if it is 5 g/l or higher.

General analytical characteristics

Maximum total alcoholic strength (in % volume)

 

Minimum actual alcoholic strength (in % volume)

11,5

Minimum total acidity

3,5 in grams per litre expressed as tartaric acid

Maximum volatile acidity (in milliequivalents per litre)

13,33

Maximum total sulphur dioxide (in milligrams per litre)

 

Wine — Lower-alcohol whites, rosés and reds (xispejant)

See the descriptions of whites, rosés and reds above.

Maximum total alcoholic strength: the maximum limits laid down in EU law apply.

Maximum sulphur dioxide: if the sugar content is below 5 g/l, 200 mg/l for whites and rosés and 150 mg/l for reds; if the sugar content is 5 g/l or above, 250 mg/l for whites and rosés and 200 mg/l for reds.

General analytical characteristics

Maximum total alcoholic strength (in % volume)

 

Minimum actual alcoholic strength (in % volume)

4,5

Minimum total acidity

3,5 in grams per litre expressed as tartaric acid

Maximum volatile acidity (in milliequivalents per litre)

13,3

Maximum total sulphur dioxide (in milligrams per litre)

 

Semi-sparkling wine

The characteristics must be the same as those described in the above paragraphs for the wine colour in question, but with the added presence of bubbles. The wines are balanced and fresh, with a slight tingling sensation due to the release of carbon dioxide.

Maximum total alcoholic strength: the maximum limits laid down in EU law apply.

Maximum sulphur dioxide: if the sugar content is below 5 g/l, 200 mg/l for whites and rosés and 150 mg/l for reds; if the sugar content is 5 g/l or above, 250 mg/l for whites and rosés and 200 mg/l for reds.

General analytical characteristics

Maximum total alcoholic strength (in % volume)

 

Minimum actual alcoholic strength (in % volume)

7

Minimum total acidity

3,5 in grams per litre expressed as tartaric acid

Maximum volatile acidity (in milliequivalents per litre)

13,3

Maximum total sulphur dioxide (in milligrams per litre)

 

Liqueur wines

Liqueur wines range from opaque, intense colours to the more evolved tones described for whites and reds, even reaching amber shades depending on maturity. The wines have a slight warmth, with more fruity aromas in those not subject to wood-ageing, while aldehyde and nut flavours characterise the more mature wines. They are warm, unctuous and persistent.

Maximum total alcoholic strength: the maximum limits laid down in EU law apply.

Volatile acidity may exceed 1 mEq/l for each degree of alcoholic strength in excess of 11 % and year of ageing, up to 20 mEq/l.

Maximum sulphur dioxide: 150 mg/l if the sugar content is less than 5 g/l and 200 mg/l if it is 5 g/l or higher.

General analytical characteristics

Maximum total alcoholic strength (in % volume)

 

Minimum actual alcoholic strength (in % volume)

15

Minimum total acidity

3,5 in grams per litre expressed as tartaric acid

Maximum volatile acidity (in milliequivalents per litre)

13,3

Maximum total sulphur dioxide (in milligrams per litre)

 

5.   Wine making practices

a.   Specific oenological practices

Relevant restriction on making wines

The utmost care must be exercised when harvesting the grapes. The wines covered by this PDO may only be made with healthy grapes that are ripe enough to produce wines with a minimum natural alcoholic strength of 9,5 % vol. or above for zone CII and 10 % vol. or above for zone CIII, as required by EU legislation.

Appropriate pressure is applied to extract the must or wine and separate it from the grape skins, ensuring that no more than 70 litres of wine are yielded from every 100 kg of harvested grapes.

b.   Maximum yields

White varieties

12 000 kilograms of grapes per hectare

White varieties

84 hectolitres per hectare

Red varieties

10 000 kilograms of grapes per hectare

Red varieties

70 hectolitres per hectare

6.   Demarcated area

 

Abrera

 

Agramunt: former annexed district of Montclar

 

Aguilar de Segarra

 

Agullana

 

Aiguamúrcia

 

Albagés, l'

 

Albi, l'

 

Albiol, l'

 

Albons

 

Aleixar, l'

 

Alfarràs

 

Alcarràs: parcels 9022, 9017 and 9005 of cadastral polygon 6 and parcels 3, 57, 9001, 9003, 9004, 9007 and 9027 of cadastral polygon 15

 

Albinyana

 

Alcover

 

Alella

 

Alforja

 

Algerri

 

Alió

 

Almacelles: Parcels 25, 180, 193 and 196 of cadastral polygon 5

 

Almenar

 

Almoster

 

Alòs de Balaguer

 

Alpicat

 

Altafulla

 

Ametlla de Mar, l'

 

Almetlla de Segarra, l'

 

Arbeca

 

Arboç, l'

 

Arenys de Mar

 

Arenys de Munt

 

Argentera, l'

 

Argentona

 

Arnes

 

Artés

 

Artesa de Segre

 

Ascó

 

Avinyó

 

Avinyonet de Penedès

 

Avinyonet de Puigventós

 

Badalona

 

Balaguer

 

Balsareny

 

Banyeres del Penedès

 

Barbera de la Conca

 

Barcelona: parcel 1 of cadastral polygon 1

 

Baronia de Rialb

 

Batea

 

Begues

 

Begur

 

Belianes

 

Bellaguarda

 

Bellcaire d'Empordà

 

Bellmunt del Priorat

 

Bellprat

 

Bellvei

 

Benissanet

 

Bigues i Riells

 

Bisbal d'Empordà, la

 

Bisbal del Penedès, la

 

Bisbal de Falset, la

 

Biure

 

Blancafort

 

Boadella i les Escaules Bonastre

 

Borges Blanques, las: parcels 30 and 96 of cadastral polygon 9; parcels 114, 165 and 167 of cadastral polygon 21, and parcels 118, 119 and 120 of cadastral polygon 22

 

Borges del Camp, les

 

Bot

 

Botarell

 

Bovera

 

Bràfim

 

Bruc, el

 

Cabacés

 

Cabanes

 

Cabanyes, les

 

Cabassers

 

Cabra del Camp

 

Cabrera d'Igualada

 

Cabrera de Mar

 

Cabrils

 

Cadaqués

 

Calafell

 

Calders

 

Caldes de Montbui: parcel 57 of cadastral polygon 1 and parcel 12 of cadastral polygon 2

 

Calella

 

Callús

 

Calonge

 

Cambrils

 

Canonja, la

 

Canovelles

 

Cantallops

 

Canyelles

 

Capafons

 

Capellades

 

Capçanes

 

Capmany

 

Cardedeu

 

Cardona

 

Carme

 

Caseres

 

Castell-Platja d'Aro

 

Castell de Mur: annexed districts of Cellers and Guardia de Tremp

 

Castellbisbal

 

Castellet i la Gornal

 

Castellfollit del Boix

 

Castellgalí

 

Castellnou de Bages

 

Castelló de Farfanya

 

Castellolí

 

Castellvell del Camp

 

Castellví de la Marca

 

Castellví de Rosanes

 

Catllar, el

 

Cervelló

 

Cervià de les Garrigues

 

Cistella

 

Ciutadilla

 

Colera

 

Collbató

 

Colldejou

 

Conca de Dalt

 

Conesa

 

Constantí

 

Copons

 

Corbera de Llobregat

 

Corçà

 

Corbera d'Ebre

 

Cornudella de Montsant

 

Creixell

 

Cruïlles; Monells i Sant Sadurní de l'Heura

 

Cubells: parcel 90 of cadastral polygon 7

 

Cubelles

 

Cunit

 

Darnius

 

Duesaigües

 

Esparraguera

 

Espluga Calba, l'

 

Espluga de Francolí, l'

 

Espolla

 

Falset

 

Fatarella, la

 

Febró, la

 

Figuera, la

 

Figueres

 

Figuerola del Camp

 

Flix

 

Floresta, la

 

Fogars de Montclús

 

Fonollosa

 

Font-rubí

 

Foradada

 

Forallac

 

Forés

 

Franqueses del Vallès

 

Fulleda

 

Gaià

 

Gandesa

 

Garcia

 

Garidells, els

 

Garriguella

 

Gavet de la Conca and its annexed districts Sant Cristofol de la Vall, Sant Martí de Barcedana and Sant Miquel de la Vall

 

Gelida

 

Gimenells i el Pla de la Font

 

Ginestar

 

Granada, la

 

Granollers

 

Granyanella

 

Granyena de Segarra

 

Gratallops

 

Guiamets, els

 

Guimerà

 

Horta de Sant Joan

 

Hostalets de Pierola, els

 

Igualada

 

Isona i Conca Dellà and its annexed districts Conques, Figuerola d'Orcau, Orcau-Basturs and Sant Romà d'Abella

 

Ivars d'Urgell

 

Ivars de Noguera

 

Jonquera, la

 

Jorba

 

Juncosa

 

Juneda: parcel 487 of cadastral polygon 5, parcels 14, 15, 16, 33, 34 and 37 of cadastral polygon 12, and parcels 3, 4 and 5 of cadastral polygon 13

 

Llacuna, la

 

Llançà

 

Llardecans

 

Lleida: annexed districts of Raimat and Sucs

 

Llers

 

Lliçà d'Amunt

 

Llimiana

 

Lloar, el

 

Llorenç del Penedès

 

Lloret de Mar

 

Maials

 

Maldà

 

Manresa

 

Marçà

 

Margalef

 

Marsà

 

Martorell

 

Martorelles

 

Masarac

 

Masllorenç

 

Masnou, el

 

Masó, la

 

Maspujols

 

Masquefa

 

Masroig, el

 

Massoteres

 

Mataró

 

Mediona

 

Menàrguens

 

Milà, el

 

Miravet

 

Molar, el

 

Mollet de Peralada

 

Montgat

 

Monistrol de Calders

 

Montblanc

 

Montbrió del Camp

 

Montferri

 

Montmell, el

 

Montoliu de Segarra

 

Montornès de Segarra

 

Montornès del Vallès

 

Mont-ral

 

Mont-ras

 

Mont-roig del Camp

 

Móra d'Ebre

 

Móra la Nova

 

Morell

 

Morera de Montsant, la, and its annexed district Scala-dei

 

Mura

 

Nalec

 

Navarcles

 

Navàs

 

Nou de Gaiá, la

 

Nulles

 

Òdena

 

Olèrdola

 

Olesa de Bonesvalls

 

Olivella

 

Omells de na Gaia, els

 

Omellons, els

 

Orpí

 

Òrrius

 

Os de Balaguer

 

Pacs del Penedès

 

Palafrugell

 

Palamós

 

Palau-sator

 

Palau-saverdera

 

Pallaresos, els

 

Palma d'Ebre, la

 

Pals

 

Pau

 

Pedret i Marzà

 

Penelles

 

Perafort

 

Peralada

 

Perelló, el

 

Piera

 

Pinell de Brai, el

 

Pira

 

Pla de la Font, el

 

Pla de Santa Maria, el

 

Pla del Penedès, el

 

Pla del Penedès

 

Pobla de Cérvoles, la

 

Pobla de Claramunt, la

 

Pobla de Mafumet, la

 

Pobla de Massaluca, la

 

Pobla de Montornès, la

 

Pobla de Segur

 

Poboleda

 

Pont d'Armentera, el

 

Pont de Molins,

 

Pont de Vilomara i Rocafort, el

 

Pontons

 

Porrera

 

Port de la Selva, el

 

Portbou

 

Pradell de la Teixeta, el

 

Prades

 

Prat del Compte

 

Preixana

 

Preixens

 

Premià de Dalt

 

Premià de Mar

 

Puigdàlber

 

Puigpelat

 

Querol

 

Rabós

 

Rajadell

 

Rasquera

 

Regencós

 

Renau

 

Reus

 

Riba-roja d'Ebre

 

Riera de Gaià, la

 

Riudecanyes

 

Riudecols

 

Riudoms

 

Riumors

 

Roca del Vallès, la

 

Roda de Barà

 

Rodonyà

 

Rocafort de Queralt

 

Roses

 

Rourell, el

 

Sabadell: ‘Can Gambús’, a two-hectare estate with the cadastral reference number 28003001 DG2020A

 

Salàs de Pallars

 

Sallent

 

Salomó

 

Sant Cebrià de Vallalta

 

Sant Climent Sescebes

 

Sant Cugat de Sesgarrigues

 

Sant Esteve Sesrovires

 

Sant Feliu de Buixalleu

 

Sant Feliu de Codines

 

Sant Feliu de Guíxols

 

Sant Fost de Campsentelles

 

Sant Fruitós de Bages

 

Sant Iscle de Vallalta

 

Sant Jaume dels Domenys

 

Sant Joan de Vilatorrada

 

Sant Jordi Desvalls

 

Sant Llorenç Savall

 

Sant Llorens d'Hortons

 

Sant Martí de Riucorb

 

Sant Martí de Tous

 

Sant Martí Sarroca

 

Sant Martí Vell

 

Sant Mateu de Bages

 

Sant Pere de Ribes

 

Sant Pere de Riudebitlles

 

Sant Pol de Mar

 

Sant Quintí de Mediona

 

Sant Sadurní d'Anoia

 

Sant Salvador de Guardiola

 

Santa Cristina d'Aro

 

Santa Margarida i els Monjos

 

Santa Maria de Miralles

 

Santa Maria d'Oló

 

Santa Oliva

 

Santa Fe del Penedès

 

Santa Maria de Martorelles

 

Santa Margarida de Montbui

 

Santpedor

 

Sarral

 

Secuita, la

 

Selva del Camp, la

 

Selva de Mar, la

 

Senan

 

Sentmenat

 

Sitges

 

Siurana d'Empordà

 

Solivella

 

Sort

 

Subirats

 

Súria

 

Talamanca

 

Talarn

 

Tallada d'Empordà

 

Tarragona

 

Tàrrega

 

Tarrés

 

Teià

 

Terrades

 

Tiana

 

Tivissa

 

Tordera

 

Torrebesses: parcels 247 and 283 of cadastral polygon 6

 

Torre de Claramunt, la

 

Torre de Fontaubella, la

 

Torre de l'Espanyol, la

 

Torredembarra

 

Torrefarrera

 

Torrelavit

 

Torrelles de Foix

 

Torrent

 

Torroella de Montgrí

 

Torroja del Priorat

 

Tortellà

 

Tremp (former municipality) and its annexed districts Gurb, Palau de Noguera, Puigcercós, Suterranya and Vilamitjana

 

Ullà

 

Ulldemolins

 

Vallbona de les Monges

 

Vallbona d'Anoia

 

Vallclara

 

Vallfogona de Riucorb

 

Vallgorguina

 

Vallirana

 

Vall-llobrega

 

Vallromanes

 

Valls

 

Vandellós i l'Hospitalet de l'Infant

 

Vallmoll

 

Vendrell, el

 

Ventalló

 

Verdú

 

Vespella

 

Vilademuls

 

Vila-rodona

 

Vilafant

 

Vilafranca del Penedès

 

Vilagrassa: parcel 92 of cadastral polygon 4

 

Vilajuïga

 

Vilalba dels Arcs

 

Vilallonga del Camp

 

Vilamalla

 

Vilamaniscle

 

Vilanant

 

Vilanova del Camí

 

Vilanova d'Escornalbou

 

Vilanova de Prades

 

Vilanova i la Geltrú

 

Vilanova del Vallès

 

Vila-seca

 

Vilassar de Dalt

 

Vilassar de Mar

 

Vilabella

 

Vilaverd

 

Vilella Alta, la

 

Vilella Baixa, la

 

Vilosell, el

 

Vilobí del Penedès

 

Vilopriu

 

Vimbodí

 

Vinaixa

 

Vinebre

 

Vinyols i els Ares

7.   Main wine grapes

 

PARELLADA — MONTONEC

 

PARELLADA — MONTONEGA

 

XAREL LO — PANSAL

 

XAREL LO — PANSA BLANCA

 

XAREL LO — CARTOIXA

 

GARNACHA TINTA — LLADONER

8.   Description of the link(s)

Wines

The marked Mediterranean influence produces smooth, dense wines, with relatively low acidity, a high alcohol content and aromas that, particularly in the case of red wines, improve with age. The bright sunshine enjoyed by our region boosts the development of the intense colours — red in particular — that are so typical of our wines.

Silt and loam are the predominant soil textures, lending body and structure to both white and red varieties and producing reds with even more colour.

The broad range of varieties of grape existing in Catalonia is even more proof of the openness to the world that has always characterised Catalans. It is also the reflection of a long history of wine-making in the region. According to a quote from Pere Gil dating back to 1600: ‘Wines are made throughout Catalonia, in both maritime and Mediterranean areas… The wines of Catalonia are typically strong and very good. They make all kinds of wines…’ Jaume Ciurana (1980) described a basic unity in all Catalan wines, which gives a common characteristic to all of them: dedication, desire for improvement and a spirit of achievement in the people that made them.

Semi-sparkling wines

The chalky soils produce wines that are vibrant, aromatic and extremely refined.

Bringing forward the harvesting date makes it possible to obtain a lower alcoholic strength and greater acidity. Coupled with the presence of naturally occurring carbon dioxide, this gives the wines their characteristic refreshing sensation.

Catalan society has a historical and cultural link with wines featuring naturally occurring carbon dioxide, as demonstrated by Catalonia's major sparkling wine production industry, whose origins date back to the first half of the nineteenth century.

Liqueur wines

The marked Mediterranean influence and the texture of the soils already described for the wine category act in the same way in liqueur wines under the PDO ‘Cataluña’/‘Catalunya’, giving them a great deal of intensity in colour and aroma, body and medium to low acidity.

Liqueur wines are frequently the digestif of choice at many Catalan tables, with this type of wine paired with assorted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts) and dried fruit (raisins, figs, apricots) in the traditional Catalan dessert known as ‘postres de músic’ (‘musician's dessert’).

9.   Essential further conditions

Legal framework:

In national legislation

Type of further condition:

Additional provisions relating to labelling

Description of the condition:

The term xispejant may optionally be included on the labels of whites, rosés or reds with lower alcoholic strength produced by deliberately interrupting fermentation.

Link to the product specification

http://goo.gl/Plwa75


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