The range of Empordanese wines is very extensive. Red wines are of high quality, robust, well-constructed and harmonic, sometimes with the added touch of careful ageing. These reserve and aged wines present very characteristic aromatic notes: they are complex, fragrant, with touches of spices, and always maintain aromas of the fruit and the plant. In the mouth, they express themselves in full, pleasurable flavours.
The white wines, fresh and also full of flavour, are often made with autochthonous varieties, and also with other monovarietals of notable quality. The fresh rosé wines are characterised by their well-defined cherry colour, with great personality, delicate aromas and moderate alcoholic graduation.
A special product of the region is the Empordà Garnatxa, a natural sweet wine made from the grenache variety that gives it its name. It maintains the generous flavour of the ripe grape and is warm and silky, virtues that make it an exceptional dessert wine, along with the region's other great sweet wine, the Empordà Muscatel.
Ecological wines, mistelas, wines of over-ripened grapes and sparkling wines complete the viticultural offer of the Empordà.
The different varieties
In red wines, the predominant variety is the carinyena or samsó grape, which constitutes the base of Empordanese winemaking, along with the lledoner negre (also known as garnatxa or grenache). These traditional varieties are complemented with new types that are being introduced, mainly ull de llebre (tempranillo), cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah (shiraz). Other authorised varieties are cabernet franc, monastrell and garnatxa peluda. The predominant white wine varieties are lledoner blanc, lledoner roig and macabeu. In a much lesser proportion we find muscatel, the traditional xareŀlo and the newly-planted chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and gewürztraminer. The malvasia and picapoll blanc varieties are also authorised.