Profile of Pares Balta Winery, Penedes
Pares Balta is a tiny, top end winery, founded in the 1930's in an area that has been producing wine since the 1700's. The family-owned winery produces Cavas, and still red and white wines. The vineyards are spread out over five premium estates, with a total of 176 hectares of low yielding vines. The vineyards enjoy a balmy microclimate and are located only a few miles form the Mediterranean Sea in the Penedes and Cava appellations. Pars Balt uses a multitude of grape varietals for their wines, from the traditional cava grapes of Macabeo, Xarel.lo, and Parellada; to Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon for velvety rich reds; and finally, to non-traditional Catalan grape varietals such as Chardonnay or even Gewurztraminer for oak aged whites. While not an "official" organic winery, they use many eco-friendly viticulture and winemaking practices such as allowing sheep to fertilize the vineyards naturally.
The excellent wines of Pars Balt have been praised in various International and National wine publications including Decanter (UK), Capital (German), "Lo Mejor de la Gastronomia ("The best of Gastronomy", Spain), Vinos de Espaa (Wines of Spain), Gua Pein de los Vinos de Espaa (Pein Guide to Spanish Wines), Weinwirschaft (Germany), and Cuisine et Vins de France (France), amongst many others. The "Dominio Cusine 1790" wine was selected by the prestigious Spanish sommeliers Sr. Custodio L. Zamarra, Fernando Gurucharri, and Jose Lus Casado as one of Spain's "Mythical Wines", in the "Total Wine Guide 2003". Only 35 Spanish wines were awarded this honor.
Recent Awards for Pars Balt's Wines
Mas Irene 1999: Silver Medal at Mundus Vini - Germany 2003
Winery Facts & Figures
DO: Penedes and Cava
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