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Red wine 2012 D.O. Terra Alta Nuestra Señora del Portal, Cataluña (Catalunya), Spain

Type: Red wine
Quantity: 0.75 L
Alcohol content: 14%
Price: Up to 15.00 €
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Maturing: New and used barrique
Registration number: #233714

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Last reviewed: 2 February, 2016
The DO area (Spanish highlands), named after its high altitude, is located in the northeast of Spain, in the southeast of the region of Catalonia in the province of Tarragona and borders the DO area of Tarragona to the west. Viticulture was already practised here in the early Middle Ages, as evidenced by documents with wine-legal concerns dating from 1296 and 1319. The Mediterranean-continental climate is characterised by long and hot summers with sufficient rainfall and abundant sunshine, as well as very cold winters for the higher areas, especially in the east. The vineyards are exposed to a north wind and the warm and humid south wind known as...

One of the 17 regions (Spanish Cataluña, Catalan Catalunya) in the northeast of Spain with the four provinces Barcelona, Gerona, Lérida and Tarragona. It is located on the north-western edge of the Mediterranean Sea and covers 32,000 km². The area has an extremely eventful history: in the 6th century BC the Greeks came, then the Carthaginians and finally 200 BC the Romans. The wines from today's DO area Alella were already drunk by the Roman Caesars. The capital Barcelona was already in the antiquity an important trade port. In the 6th century A.D., the Alans and Visigoths arrived, from which the name is derived (Gotalonien =...

Wine-growing in Spain has an ancient tradition, as vines were already cultivated 3000 years before Christ. The Phoenicians founded the city of Gadir (Cádiz) around 1100 B.C. and carried on lively trade in wine in the Mediterranean. The first flourishing was in 200 B.C., because the Romans loved the wine from Baetica (Andalusia). The development was stopped by the invasion of the Moors in 711. For religious reasons the Muslims cleared large parts of the vineyards or only allowed the production of raisins. They brought with them the art of distillation, but this was not used for alcoholic drinks, but essential oils, as...

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DO area in the north-eastern Spanish region of Aragon, named after the city of the same name. It is one of the oldest wine-growing areas in Spain; the Phoenicians already used to grow wine here. In 1960 this was the very first area to receive the then newly introduced DO classification. The vineyards cover around 17,000 hectares of vineyards in the 14 municipalities of Aguarón, Aladrén, Alfamén, Almonacid de la Sierra, Alpartier, Cariñena, Cosuenda, Encinacorba, Longares, Mezalocha, Muel, Paniza, Tosos and Villanueva de Huerva in the Ebro Valley, up to the mountains of the Sistema Ibérico at an altitude of 400 to 800 metres above sea level. In...

The red grape variety comes from France. There are more than 80 synonyms that testify to its great age and worldwide distribution. The most important from a historical point of view, or still used today are Hermitage, Shiraz(Australia), Candive, Marsanne Noir, Petite Sirrah, Petite Syrah, Scyras, Sérène, Serine, Sira, Sirac, Sirah, Syra, Syrac(France); Balsamina, Neiretta Cunese, Neiretta del Monregalese, Neiretta del Rosso, Neiretta di Pinerolo, Neiretta di Saluzzo (Italy); Shiraz(South Africa); Zizak(Montenegro). Although it appears to have synonyms or morphological similarities, it...

The red grape variety comes from France. The name is probably derived from the French word for blackbird (merle), because these birds like to nibble on the very sweet berries when fully ripe. However, the name can also be an allusion to the black-blue colouring of the berries similar to that of the bird. There are more than 60 synonyms, which testify the worldwide distribution. The most important are Alicante Noir, Begney, Bigney, Bigney Rouge, Bini, Black Alicante, Blue Merlot, Bordò, Cabernet del Cleto, Crabutet, Crabutet Noir, Crabutet Noir Merlau, Hebigney, Higney, Médoc Noir, Merlau, Merlot Black, Merlot Blue, Merlot Crni,...

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