Only created as a Denominacion of Origin in 1988, there have already been great changes within the region’s short history. Cooperatives and independent growers have established specific subzones and planted a number of international varietals. Costers del Segre is considered one of the most interesting regions in terms of potential for quality blends between Spanish and foreign grapes.
Climate: A continental climate with wide swings of temperature between day and night. Summer temperatures can reach 95 Fahrenheit while winter temperatures can dip to 23 Fahrenheit. The average Temperature is 58 Fahrenheit. Rainfall ranges based on the subzone from 12 inches to 17 and a half inches.
Soil: Soils are generally composed of sandy top soils over limestone but obviously vary by sub-region as well.
Grape Varities: There are 14 principal and 4 provisional grape varietals allowed in the D.O. These include the following white grapes: Macabeo, Parellada, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc as well as the following red grapes: Garnacha, Tempranillo (Ull de Llebre), Trepat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Maximum density of planting is 2,500 vines per hectare.