Garnatxa (Grenache) and Carinyena (Carignan), the native grape varieties of Montsant, are the essence of its wines. This is also what experts such as José Peñín believe and claim that “a Montsant wine should be understood as an association between Grenache and Carignan. These grape varieties define the terroir and the character of the wines of Montsant. French varieties may be added to this blend, without masking the wines’ identity. Furthermore, the cooler Montsant soils favour the true expression of each grape variety”.
Sílvia Naranjo and Jordi Alcover, authors of the Catalonian Wine Guide (“Guia de Vins de Catalunya”) would tend to agree: “One should rediscover the region’s identity. The quality of red wines from areas which have maintained their local varietal identity, as in the case of Montsant, is much higher than those (areas) which have undervalued them”.