Max. Summer temp. : 25 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: 5 ºC
Average rainfall: 390-580 mm annually
Average sunshine: 2,700 hours annually
Terra Alta DO
This rural denomination of origin in southern Catalonia is comprised of both new wineries and long-established and experienced cooperatives that cultivate both native and imported grape varieties. The DO consists of a total of 12 municipalities located in the west of the province of Tarragona.
As the name of the growing area indicates, it is situated in rolling hill country of great beauty, captured by Picasso in paintings during summers that he spent here.
Due largely to its geographical isolation, this area primarily produced wine for its own local market until recently, and it continues to preserve a variety of traditional winemaking methods. At the same time, small private wineries and larger cooperatives are now also producing very good Mediterranean red wines. There is considerable investment in new technology.
Some of the cooperatives in this DO were built in the 1920s and are famed for their Modernist design by César Martinell, a student of Antonio Gaudi. Pinell de Brai and Gandesa are considered outstanding examples.
Consejo Regulador DO Terra Alta
Crtra. Vilalba, 31
Tel.: +34 977 421 278
- Spanish Ministry of Agriculture
- Regulatory Council, Terra Alta PDO
Small private wineries and larger cooperatives are now also producing very good Mediterranean red wines.