Pyrenees vineyard prepares for harvest
Alt Urgell county contributes to the over 300 hectares of high-altitude viticulture in Catalonia – which is expected to become more widespread due to climate change
Wine is an essential part of Catalan culture – its temperate Mediterranean climate and fertile grounds ideal for the vineyards which are so typical to its scenery. But did you know that even an area high in the Pyrenees has its own wine culture?
The county is called Alt Urgell, bordering with Andorra and, here, the harvest season will begin after the end of this month. And according to local winegrowers, it’s worth your while to have a taste.
Local winegrower Xavier Ribes waxed poetic about the end result: “You won’t find the acidity, the aroma, the sweetness from up here absolutely anywhere else.” “It’s true,” he admitted, “that the productions are quite small, but really,” insisted Ribes, “what’s made here is worth it, it truly is.”