{"api":{"host":"https:\/\/pinot.decanter.com","authorization":"Bearer YThjYTRjNzU1ZDJiMWUwY2FhMzg1YWM5MzFjZTY2MGIyYmM5ZjIzNmQwZmQ0MmFhOThlNWJjNTI3NTBmM2RhZQ","version":"2.0"},"piano":{"sandbox":"false","aid":"6qv8OniKQO","rid":"RJXC8OC","offerId":"OFPHMJWYB8UK","offerTemplateId":"OFPHMJWYB8UK","wcTemplateId":"OTOW5EUWVZ4B"}}


Expert’s Choice: Empordà

Tucked into Spain’s wind-blown northeastern corner, the small, almost isolated border region of Empordà is home to numerous old vines and characterful wines that wear their local identity with pride.

The 160km drive from Barcelona to the French border via Girona takes little more than 90 minutes. Driving up the efficient and clinical motorway, you’d never know you were passing through one of the most rugged, individual and below-the-radar wine regions in Spain: Empordà.

Empordà’s history, kinship, language and terroir are shared with Roussillon in southern France as much as they are with Spain. The cold Tramontana wind blows from France south across the border into Empordà – so strongly at times that anyone behaving strangely is said to be ‘tocat per la Tramontana’ (‘touched by the Tramontana’).

Scroll down to see notes and scores for 18 exciting wines from Empordà

See notes and scores for 18 exciting wines from Empordà to seek out

Related articles

Tim Atkin MW: ‘Rías Baixas’ reds are some of the most exciting in Spain right now’

Aragón: Exploring Spain’s wild frontier plus the wines to seek out

Hidden Spain: Tiny wine regions

Latest Wine News