169/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Tarragona – Vila-Rodona – Cooperativa Vila-Rodona – Vi Ranci
Vi Ranci, fortified wine
The color is glossy, mahogany brown. Nose shows light alcohol, pickled fruits in liquor, nuts, spices, cocoa bean. The mouth is powerful, slightly sweet, sour with good acidity. A very dry white wine aged over a long period in oak casks, it is a typical product of this appellation of origin D.O. Tarragona. Its distinctive bouquet and flavour make this a perfect wine to accompany sweet desserts. To enjoy at its best, serve at around 9°C.
The Agricultural Cooperative of Vila-Rodona is now an association of various local agricultural cooperatives forming part of the Appellation d’Origen Tarragona, and situated right in the middle of the Cistercian Route, just next to the Santes Creus Monastery. Founded in 1919, the cooperative wine cellar, of modernistic style, the work of the Valls architect Cèsar Martinell, is of significant architectural interest and is open to the public.
From the beginning, the aim has been to constantly improve the techniques of the cellar and make the most of the available resources. All this work has resulted in the excellent quality of the wines and other local products made by the Cooperative. The cooperative produces 10.000.000 liters of wine annually, made from the different varieties of grapes harvested in the 1200 hectares of vineyards belonging to the members of the cooperative. The majority of the grapes is destined for the production of wine and Cava of renowned labels.
The production and elaboration of reserve wines aged in the cellars, their own Cavas, other varietal and fortified wines, are the result of the continuous effort of this Cooperative to achieve maximum quality, which is demonstrated by the high level of all the products. The Vila-Rodona cooperative makes wine purely from it’s members vineyards, found primarily in the villages of Vila-Rodona, Aiguamúrcia, Valls and el Pla de Santa Maria. All the vineyards are registered within Denominacions d’Origen that guarantee the quality of the wines produced.
The grapes from the vineyards of Aiguamúrcia produce wines within the Denominació d’Origen Penedès and the grapes from Vila-Rodona, el Pla de Santa Maria and Valls produce wines in the Denominació d’Origen Tarragona. Simultaneously these vineyards are at the heart of the Denominació Cava. Production is predominantly of white wines, made from Macabeu, Parellada and Chardonnay, although in recent years there has been an important increase in the number of red grape plantations, with varieties like Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.
The mild Mediterranean climate in the area, with rains in the Spring and the Autumn and dry summers cooled by sea breezes, enables a healthy ripening of the grapes and good color in the red grapes. The diversity of soils in the four villages produces grapes with different characteristics, enabling blends between the different wines produced. In the white varieties this combination of climate and soils produces grapes, which once elaborated in the cellar, give aromatic and fruity whites.
In the red varieties, the good color and ripening from the combination of climate and soils in the area enable them to make reds with structure, balance and complexity. These views of the vineyards, farmed in the hills around the Gaià river valley and the area of les Planes, are well worth visiting. The strict control of each of the vineyards enable them to maintain the traceability of all of their wines and Cavas, knowing at all times which vineyards have produced the grapes for each wine. This transparency is increasingly important in the relationship between producer and consumer.
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