In the far northeastern tip of Spain, bordering with the south of France, there is a natural area formed by the end of the Pyrenees as they disappear into the Mediterranean Sea. At this point of the northern Costa Brava, known as Cap de Creus, the mountains create idyllic little creeks with crystalline, turquoise waters. Between the sea and the mountains lies the Empordà plain. Three natural parks cover much of the area.
Wine has been made in this part of the Mediterranean coast since winemaking first began. The region has managed to keep one of its greatest treasures hidden. Up until a couple of decades ago, the wine was sold for local consumption and Empordà wines were not known outside the region. Nowadays all that has changed. A new generation of oenologists is revolutionizing the vinicultural panorama.
The Empordà is an emerging region for both its wines and its wine tourism. Every year, there is a rise in the number of new vines planted and old vines recovered, in the number of new wineries and the number of tourists visiting the area that want to taste the new wines. However, wine is not the Empordà’s only attraction. It is a dream land, a refuge for Catalans seeking inspiration. It is the land of artists like Salvador Dalí, a source of creativity and a place for resting and communing with nature. Despite attracting a large number of tourists, partic- ularly in summer, this region has managed to preserve the beauty of its countryside in the face of urban development. It has small villages that live on tourism, farming and culture.