Falset (Catalonia)

Falset (Catalonia)

Max. Summer temp. : 31 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: 1 ºC
Average rainfall: 400-500 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,600 hours annually

Montsant DO

Approved as a DO at a regional level in autumn 2002, this young denomination had already acquired considerable prestige as the Falset subzone of Tarragona DO.

The vineyards fall in spectacularly beautiful hilly country, sharing the slopes with almond and olive groves and pines. The land forms a horseshoe around Priorato, but the wines here have a clear identity of their own.

In the Montsant winemaking region with 1,900 hectares of vineyard and a global production of 5 million bottles, the difference is centred  on the local grape varieties: Grenache and Carignan, grown on Montsant soils, influenced by its climate and blended with recently introduced grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot). Production is divided between cooperatives and family bodegas, which are often advised by locally trained young oenologists.

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Montsant
Plaça Quartera, 6
43730 Falset
Tel.: +34 977 831 742

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

Regulatory Council, Montsant PDO

Area under vine
1,850 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
450 m.
Soil types
In general, the soils of the DO can be simplified in three differentiated types: the lime clay soil presents to a large extent, granite sandy with little capacity of water retention in Falset, and some poor soils of slates that appear in several areas of the DO.
Principal grapes (w)
Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, Moscatel, Pansá, Parellada and Picapoll Blanco.
Principal grapes (r)
Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Peluda, Merlot, Monastrell, Picapoll Tinto, Cariñena , Moscatel, Syrah and Tempranillo.
Maximum crop
12,000 kg/ha (white), 10,000 kg/ha (red)
74 %
Production 2013
17,339 hl
Production 2014
30,690 hl
Production 2015
46,128 hl