Wine: Catalunya warmth on winter days

The limestone, chalky and granitic sandy soils of Montsant in Catalunya produce wines with earthy purpose and finesse

René Barbier (jr) and Sara Pérez of the Venus la Universal winery in Montsant: the wines from these vineyards convey the high level of care that goes into making them

As the sun retreats earlier into its slumber these days, wine drinkers develop a natural inclination towards deeper, darker and fuller rich reds. Complementing seasonal food such as slow braises, roasted meats and heart-warming stews, wines from Catalunya have become increasingly prominent.

The Spanish autonomous community not only produces Cava from Penedés DO, but also some incredibly intense yet elegant full-bodied reds – particularly from Montsant and Priorat.

René Barbier of Clos Mogador was among ...