Profile of Pares Balta Winery, Penedes

Pars Balt Winery, Penedes - Spain

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
Mas Irene 1998: Gold Medal Mundus Vini - Germany 2002
Dominio Cusin 1790 named Best Red Wine of the Year at XVI Hamburger Wein Salon International, celebrated in Germany 2002
Mas Irene: Silver Medal at the International Wine and Spirit competition, London 2002
Marta de Balta: Bronze Medal at the International Wine and Spirit competition, London 2002
Mas Pons: Bronze Medal at the Chardonnay-du- Monde, France 2002

Wines Produced

Mas Petit Rich red wine made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in Alleirs Oak for an extended period
Mas Elena Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc
Mas Pons 100% Chardonnay, oak aged. Consistent award winner
Blanc de Pacs Interesting still white made of the classic Cava grape varietals, Macabeo, Xarel.lo, and Parellada
Honeymoon Interesting single varietal wine, made with 100% Parellada, an aromatic Catalan grape
Ros de Pacs Rose wine made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Mas Irene Boutique red wine with an extremely limited production of 33,000 bottles. Merlot and Cab Sauv, long ageing, extremely complex wine
Mas de Carol Boutique white wine, made with 100% premium chardonnay grapes and aged in French oak. Less than 10,000 bottles made annually
Cava Cuve de Carol Pars Balt refer to this boutique cava as "Liquid Gold". This is an aged cava made with 100% chardonnay and extended oak ageing. Resulting in a bright gold-colored cava
Other boutique, small production brands Absis, Marta de Balt and Dominio Cusine 1790

Winery Facts & Figures

DO: Penedes and Cava
Founded: 1936
Owner: Cusin Family
Winemaker: Marta Casas and Maria Elena Jimnez
Area under vine: 176 Ha
Oak: 600 barrels (French and American)
Age of vines: from 10 to 80 years
Grape varietals: Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Garnatxa, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo
Import/ Export: 80% / 20%

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