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The more modem bodegas have extended or wholly renewed their wine-making installations. New varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have been introduced alongside the native Trepat (possibly a variety of Garnacha), Gamacha, and Ull de Llebn (Tempranillo).

The initial results are very promising. The vineyards are situated relatively low in valleys at about 656-1,312 feet (200-400 meters). The underlying ground is predominantly chalk with an upper laye] of alluvial deposits interspersed with chalk. The climate is definitely Mediterranean but moderatec and cooled somewhat by the sheltered position of the Conca. Summers are hot and the winters are cold but not severe.

There are five types of Conca de Barberá Spanish wines. The blancos made with Parellada and Macabeo are fresh and fruity for early consumption. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C). The blancos made with the Chardonnay grapes being tested are very interesting. You can drink this Spanish wine at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).

Barbera Spanish winesThe blancos that are wholly made with Parellada are very popular at the present time. These are very fresh, light, dry and aromatic Spanish wines which are certainly pleasing as an aperitif. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).

The rosados are also fresh, light, and very fruity. They are chiefly made using Garnacha grapes sometimes supplemented with Trepat. Drinking this Spanish wine for a good taste at 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). The tintos are increasingly made from blends of Gamacha and Ull de Liebre (Tempranillo). The vinos jovenes are very pleasant and can be drunk on any occasion when young.You can serve this Spanish wine at 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C).

The early Crianza and Reserva Spanish wines that have been made with blends of Garnacha and Ull de Llebre promise much, but there are also rarer versions made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Ull de Llebre. These latter wines are better than the former, being more ‘European’ in character while the former are more Spanish in character. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine 60.8-62.6°F (16-17°C).

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