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Pla de Bages, north of the magic mountain


 TAGS:The north face of Montserrat, the mountain range that protects the Penedès, hides a pleasant surprise: the Pla de Bages wine.

This is a privileged region, with significant cultural and tourism centers such as the Monastery of Sant Benet, the salt mines of Cardona, the cave of Sant Ignasi or the route of La Sèquia. One of the peculiarities of Bages are the ?Barraques de vinya? (?Vineyard barracks?), dry stone constructions that were necessary for the ?pagesos? (farmers) to store agricultural tools or to protect against inclement weather. Coinciding with the notable expansion of cultivation of vines, there were built many of these barracks, still remaining about 4,000, most of them well preserved.

In the area the climate is continental-mediterranean and mid-mountain. It offers ideal conditions for growing grapes, with loamy and limestone soils. Their wines are impregnated with balsamic notes of thyme, rosemary and lavender. These aromatic plants inhabit the forests of pines, oaks and holm oaks that surround the vineyards.

All wineries at Bages have their own vineyards, thus the Bages wines offer different expressions of the land and the people who work it.

Here are some recommendations:

 TAGS:Abadal Picapoll 2011Abadal Picapoll 2011

Flowers smell, fresh and lively, the best expression of this grape



 TAGS:Solergibert Pd'A Picapoll D'Acàcia 2010Solergibert Pd'A Picapoll D'Acàcia 2010

Using acacia wood for the barrells, a very different wine



 TAGS:Sensus Crianza 2007Sensus Crianza 2007

Bordeaux grapes feel here very comfortable, and give wines a unique taste



 TAGS:Blunt 2005Blunt 2005

Best Bages' Cabernet Sauvignon, deep and mature



 TAGS:Arnau Oller 2007Arnau Oller 2007

Arnau Oller 2007, a good merlot, with vanilla and cocoa hints


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