Xarel-lo is a versatile white grape variety that is one of the three main grapes used in the production of Cava, Spain's renowned sparkling wine
Varietal Origin: Xarel-lo is believed to have originated in the Catalonia region of Spain, particularly in the Penedès wine region near Barcelona. It is one of the traditional grape varieties used in the production of Cava, along with Macabeo and Parellada.
Taste Profile: Xarel-lo wines are known for their bright acidity, fresh citrus flavors, and floral aromatics. They can exhibit notes of green apple, lemon, and lime, with a hint of minerality. Xarel-lo is capable of producing wines with good structure and aging potential, particularly when used in the production of Cava, where it contributes to the complexity and finesse of the final sparkling wine.
Regional Styles: Xarel-lo is primarily used in the production of Cava, Spain's famous sparkling wine. In Cava production, Xarel-lo is often blended with other traditional grape varieties, such as Macabeo and Parellada, to create a balanced and complex sparkling wine. Xarel-lo can also be used to produce still white wines in Catalonia, both varietal bottlings and blended with other white grape varieties