Peralada – Finca Garbet
The Empordà’s winegrowing tradition goes back over 2,500 years, the oldest on the Iberian Peninsula. It was established by the Greeks when they founded Empúries, developed by the Roman colonists and consolidated by the Benedictine monks of the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. In the present day, production is spread over wineries of varying sizes that represent the continuity of the acquired background and present a very solid range of bottled wines.
One of the most important wineries is that of Castell de Peralada. Its vineyards are currently concentrated in 5 estates: Finca Pont de Molins, Finca La Garriga, Finca Espolla, Finca Malaveïna and Finca Garbet.
Finca Garbet is the jewel in the crown. The nursery of the prestigious wine of the same name, it consists of about 12 hectares on the shores of the Mediterranean, to the north of Cap de Creus, in a mountainous region of slate which requires cultivation in terraces. The wind, the famous Tramontane, which can reach 120 km/h, is a form of natural pest control. The fresh sea breeze, the Garbi, moderates the temperature and slows the ripening of the grapes. Its proximity to the sea has a heat-regulating effect on the vines, which prevents extreme temperatures, while increasing its exposure to sunlight. Many days of sun and scarce rainfall favour optimum ripening and allow the water stress to be regulated by means of drip irrigation.
The uniqueness of this vineyard facing the sea and buffeted by the Tramontane is perfectly transferred to the wine, offering a tremendously personal and inspiring aromatic range.
This wine has won many international prizes and acknowledgements. Finca Garbet brings the best out of the spectacular vineyard that Castillo de Perelada has on the Costa Brava and is also of a beauty unusual in a winegrowing operation.
1. Finca Garbet vineyard (Colera). Castell de Peralada
2. Finca Garbet bottle. Castell de Peralada.
3. Cellar Finca Garbet. Castell de Peralada.