Montsant: young and powerful

D.O. Montsant gained official status towards the end of 2001, which makes it a very young appellation. However, the winemaking tradition of the region where it is located dates from over 2000 years ago. The first archaeological evidence dates back to the time of the Roman Empire; and ever since then, with its mixed moments of crisis and glory, winemaking has been a constant factor in the towns and villages of D.O. Montsant.

Both the Spanish and international specialized press regard the young D.O. Montsant as an up and coming value. Prestigious media outlets such as Wine Spectator magazine have had no qualms in rating it as “a great discovery,” and Wine & Spirits published that “Montsant is an appellation to watch with interest and great attention.”

As well as the high quality of its wines, another one of D.O. Montsant’s attractive features is the value-for-money relationship of its products. The Guía Peñín (Peñín Wine Guide) states that the quality of Montsant’s wines and their great price make this region an excellent alternative.

A good number of one hundred-year-old vines can still be found in the region, traditionally goblet pruned. These twisted vines, that due to low profitability have seen various generations pass by without receiving hardly any attention, are today highly valued by winemakers and passionate wine lovers. The new plantations, however, are trellised, generally pruned in the Royat cordon tradition, which adds quality and diversity.

D.O. Montsant’s young reds are characterized by their varied aromas of ripe fruit and are both light and fresh. In wines which have aged in oak, Crianzas, Reservas and Grandes Reservas, one can usually find balsamic, spicy, and smoked notes; and in general, a wide range of fragrances which evoke the landscape of the region. The ripe tannins, a product of old vines, add structure and eliminate the typical harshness of young plants, giving rise to velvety, deep wines with a long aftertaste, which are potent yet perfectly suited to the experience.