Celler Cooperatiu d’Espolla

Espodol Solera Garnatxa

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Producer: Celler Cooperatiu d’Espolla

Region: Alt Empordà, Catalunya

 

Founded in 1931 in the heart of the Alt Empordà, the Celler Cooperatiu d’Espolla emerged from the local growers’ union, established at the turn of the century in the aftermath of phylloxera. The proximity of the Mediterranean Sea, the Albera mountains, and the fierce, dry tramuntana garner their wines the name "Wines of the Wind."  The vines themselves are almost exclusively goblet-trained "bush vines, maintained using organic and lutte raisonnée methods. 

Passerillé (overripe, raisinated) Garnatxa blanca and rosat grapes are harvested by hand and fermented with native yeasts in concrete tank. The fermentation is arrested via mutage (fortification with spirits), and the wine begins a lengthy, oxidative odyssey through a six-tier solera.