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The Conca de Barbera is a small Denomination of Origin in eastern Spain. It is located to the north of Tarragona, and covers an area of about 5,900 hectares and it has 30 wineries. The erosive action of the rivers Francolí and Anguera that run through the region has over millions of years shaped it into a river valley surrounded by mountain ranges: to the east, the mountains of Miramar and Cogulló, to the west, the mountains of Tallat and Vilobí, in the north, the mountains of Montclar, Quince and Comalats and south, the magnificent Mountains of Prades. The vineyard stretches between 350 and 800 m above sea level, with the majority of the vines located at middle altitudes. In most of the DO the soils are calcareous and poor in organic content with clay textures and a characteristic reddish colour. At the bottom of the basin, the valleys of the Anguera and Francolí rivers have created fluvial terraces with stones present to great depths. In the southwest corner of the region, on the slopes of the Sierra de Prades, thin slate soils are present.
Both the continental character of the inland regions and the softness of the Mediterranean influence the climate of the DO, as some humid and temperate winds blow in from the coast. It is a DO with remarkable thermal differential between day and night, with cold winters and hot summers. In winter frost is a feature of the lowlands, principally due to marked daily temperature changes. The annual average temperature is between 13 º C and 14 º C, with maxima in summer that can exceed 35 °C and minima in winter often below 0 ° C. There are about 2,700 hours / year of sunshine, and the annual rainfall is between 450 and 550 mm. The combined effects of relief and altitude contribute to the creation of microclimates, each with its own notable peculiarities The Conca de Barbera was, in the early twentieth century, an area where many wine cooperatives with Art Nouveau architecture were created. It is interesting to visit these wineries on what is known as “The Route of the Wine Cathedrals “. More information www.doconcadebarbera.com