Empordà Wine Region Guide

Embark on a Flavorful Adventure: Exploring Empordà's Enchanting Wine Region


Last updated: November 27, 2023


Stretching from the city of Blanes to the French border, the Costa Brava is one of Spain’s most alluring destinations. Much of the region is untamed, replete with splendid beaches, crystal clear water, Instagrammable coastal towns, rugged mountains, and verdant pine forests. Paradise, in other words. Yet there is seemingly little here to tempt oenophiles, despite your relative proximity to Catalunya’s vibrant capital Barcelona.

Of course, appearances can be deceiving. If you head north from Figueras, you’ll discover a sea of vineyards on the northern tip of the Costa Brava. Once known as DO Empordà-Costa Brava, the region has adopted the simpler moniker DO Empordà. It is one of Catalunya’s lesser-known regions, although quality has soared over the past decade. Traditionally, the focus was on small, family-owned cellars specializing in sweet wines made with local grapes like Cariñena and Garnacha. These days, it’s the young red wines garnering fame for their expressiveness and surprising finesse. Empordà, like much of Spain, is full of surprises.


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