At the Eudald Massana Noya winery we grow both white and red grape varieties. The native Penedès white varieties are Macabeu, Xarel·lo i Parellada, but we also have Chardonnay, Muscat and Viogner. The red grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Ull de Llebre, Marselan, Pinot Noir and Petit Verdot. Each variety has its own personality, and because we want to create a wine to suit every personality, then we plant and grow different varieties.
Xarel·loThe personality of the Penedès
This is considered as the queen of all of the native Penedès grape varieties. It is not very compact and produces medium-sized berries. It naturally gives mineral and saline aromas and we plant it on the higher part of the estate where there are lots of marine fossils. Xarel.lo also gives aromas of white-fleshed fruits. It is particularly well suited to ageing as it acquires depth, volume and sumptuousness over time. We have to treat this variety differently depending on the style of wine or cava which we intend to make. In wines, Xarel.lo gives great personality and structure. It makes an appearance in our Cepell Blanc; it is the protagonist of our Avi Ton and is present in all of our cavas.
This variety is planted on the lower parts of the estate and it produces large grapes on compact bunches. When it has been properly ripened, this is a great variety for cava as it gives roundness. It typically gives aromas of apple or banana and also brioche and freshly-baked bread. It is an elegant and subtle variety which makes an appearance in our young Cepell Blanc wine and in all of our cavas.
This is one of the oldest varieties on our estate and produces large berries on moderately compact bunches. It is a late-flowering variety which gives predominantly floral aromas and has medium acidity. It tends to produce wines with low alcohol content which make it a perfect blending variety in the base wine for cava. We use this variety in two of our cavas: Família and Reserva.
This is an extremely ancient variety which was highly prized by the Greeks and Romans. It produces large berries on loose bunches. The grapes are thick-skinned, fleshy and pale yellow in colour. This variety has great aromatic and terpenic complexity, and we use it to add a touch of joy and vibrancy to our wine. It features in our Cepell Blanc.
This variety produces small to medium-sized grapes. It provides the structure or backbone of our aged wines and cavas, but when we use it in younger wines, it gives tropical notes, spicy notes and a lot of personality. It also gives our cavas a lengthier finish and makes an appearance in our Reserva and Mil•lenni cavas.
This is a variety with great structure and a long finish. It gives floral notes, and hints of peach, pear or violets. When we blend this variety with Macabeu, it gives spectacular aromas. We use it to make wine and it appears in our Cepell Blanc.
Cabernet SauvignonStructure and smoothness
This is one of the classic Bordeaux varieties, but it has adapted perfectly to our soil and climate. It produces small berries on loose bunches. This variety has great structure and colour concentration. It is perfect for lending body to wine and for creating aged wines. It gives aromas of spices, forest fruits and red-berry fruits, and appears in our Cepell Negre and also La Creueta.
Although this is a French variety, it is planted all over the world. It has a distinctive ruby red colour and is fruity, giving notes of red-berry fruits such as plum. It is particularly suited to making aged wines, as it brings smoothness and also a meaty substance to the wines. We use it both in red and rosé wines and it appears in our Cepell Rosat, Cepell Negre and La Creueta.
Ull de llebreFruity
This is an extremely full-bodied variety, which is fruity and gives aromas of red-berry fruits. It provides the perfect foundation for young wines and is also suited to aged wines. It appears in our Cepell Negre.
Petit VerdotThe finishing touch
This variety creates wines of a purplish-blue red colour, and brings colour, structure and tannins. It gives aromas of spices and forest fruits and lends a special taste to aged wines when it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. We use it in La Creueta.