History and Culture
There are few places in the world like the Empordà, where so much history, landscape and wine culture are compressed into such a small territory.
The 2.500 years of history are visible at Empúries and other archaeological sites along the Costa Brava, where the remains of wine presses and amphoras production indicate the importance of local wines in Mediterranean trade during the Roman period.
Several of the cooperatives that were set up in the 1930s in order to revive the vineyards and wine-making have survived to the present. Visiting them can show us much more than simply sampling their wines, reflecting as they do the social and economic structures to be found in the rural communities of the region.
Fortunately, recent years have seen an upsurge in private initiatives that aim to regenerate wine-making in the area and consolidate the denomination DO Empordà. The region is currently in a process of renovation that makes it one of the most attractive wine tourism destinations in Europe. It has its own history, culture and identity, with a large number of long-established vineyards and a new generation of entrepreneurs who are cultivating the vines of their grandparents, and applying the latest technology.
* Principal photography: Finca Garbet, Olga Planas. Castle of Peralada. WR D.O. Empordà