Wine Infused by the Sea and the Mountains
The DO Empordà wine region is one that is steeped in history, much of it sad and filled with challenges. But, in recent years, the region has experienced something of a wine renaissance. The wine itself takes on the characteristics of the Costa Brava — the sea, the mountains, and the winds. But, the people behind the wine continue to persevere to create a virtually untapped market ready for exploration by intrepid wine tourists.
What is the DO Emporda Wine Route?
There are over 400 wine growers in Empordà, and about 50 DO Empordà wineries, which together produce almost 4 million bottles of wine a year. Approximately 30 of these wineries are specifically dedicated to preserving the history of the region, and promoting the region throughout Europe and around the world. They banded together, along with wine-focused hotels and restaurants, to form the DO Empordà Wine Route.
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The Alt Empordà, or high Empordà, runs from the Spanish border of France, along the Pyrenees, south to Roses, and west almost to La Garrotxa. The Baix Empordà, or lower Empordà, starts just south of L’Escala, and continues south towards Calonge. The Baix Empordà reaches west, but does not include the city of Girona and its immediate surroundings.
This Costa Brava Wine Guide includes a review of the top Empordà wineries, those that are the best options for wine travelers.
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The most comprehensive review of the Celler Martin Faixo winery, a DO Emporda winery, outside of Cadaques, a great location for a Costa Brava winery.read more
What is the Emporda?
“The Empordà is a place with a lot of personality. A visitor will discover a very beautiful landscape, close to the city and the mountains. It is close to everywhere, but you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.” – Josep Serra, winemaker, La Vinyeta
Do Emporda Wine Tourism
It should be noted that wine tourism is still developing within the Costa Brava. There are amazing opportunities to be found, but the Empordà is not Napa Valley or Champagne. Many producers are still small, family-owned operations, where the focus is first and foremost on making great wines. That said, there are some hidden gems where tours are still conducted by the winemaker, and offer such a personalized glimpse into the lives and histories of winemakers in the Costa Brava.
Let us help you by suggesting customized wine tourism itineraries, based on your interests and the amount of time you have in the Costa Brava.
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- Suggest wineries to visit and wine itineraries
- Book wine tours, tastings, and unique experiences
- Suggest hotels to make the most of your Costa Brava holiday
- Suggest restaurants to visit
- Book restaurant reservations (other than El Celler de Can Roca) and arrange for dietary restrictions
Costa Brava Wineries
The DO Empordà Wine Route is a great starting point for understanding how to visit the wineries of the Empordà.
Some of the DO Empordà Wine Route bodegas are easier to visit than others, either because of the availability of English-speaking tours, the ease of the booking process, or the uniqueness of their offerings. Please feel free to Contact Only In Costa Brava to help you plan your wine tourism holiday in the Costa Brava.
Emporda Wine Festivals
In late May, Sant Martí d’Empúries, just outside of L’Escala, hosts a weekend of DO Empordà wine tasting. Arrels del Vi is a lovely wine festival in a petit village overlooking the sea and the Empúries ruins.