Chateau de Penya

The cooperative winery in Cases de Penya, a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, goes by many names, but with its Catalan culture, most Americans simply call it "Peña".

Situated less than 10 miles from the city of Perpignan, in the Agly Valley of the Pyrénées, the name "Cases de Pene" is a derivation of the Catalan for "house of stones". It is a hot, rugged, wind-swept place with distinctive, marne and black schistic soils.

Five growers jointly own the vineyards of the original Château. Another five grow wine full-time for a living, and every other family in the village owns a few acres. With nearly 1,000 acres under vines and an annual production of almost 150,000 cases per year, it is not a small operation! Though almost half of the production is of the region's sweet, fortified wines (much of which is still sold in bulk), sales of dry table wines in bottle and 3L bag-in-box continue to grow and have become a sizable portion of the business. The heart and soul of Penya is winemaker Joseph "Tony" Gonzalez, who has 20+ years experience, a brilliant flair for winemaking, and an instinctive and profound knowledge of the vineyards and terroir.

Cuvee Viognier
Cuvee Viognier is a Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes from the Coast of French Catalonia. This area is culturally influenced by the South of France and Northern Spain. The wine consists of 100% Viognier. The unique taste originates from a yield of 3 tons/acre and the fact that the grapes are harvested in the cool of the night to preserve their delicate aromas. After harvesting the grapes are de-stemmed with dry ice to prevent the must from from oxidizing and cold fermented. This is an unoaked wine with 13.5 % Alcohol.
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"If there is a more affordable case to be made for the charms of this grape variety, I don't know it." - The Wine Advocate, 87 pts
Price: FL 96.00 $, 3 Cs 88.00 $, 5 Cs 80.00 $
 
Rose
Made from 82% Grenache, 14% Grenache Gris, and 4% Syrah. Cases de Pene is a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, just 30 miles north of the Spain. Ceded to France in the mid 17th century, the area is still known as "French Catalonia". We celebrate this heritage with the Catalan spelling of the ancient Château and village Cooperative: "Penya". Offers fresh aromas of Rainier cherries, garrigue, and hints of red raspberry and melon. Rich, full-bodied, yet bright on the palate.
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Rhone Report - 2012 Penya Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Rosé (France, Languedoc Roussillon, Roussillon, Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes) $12 Light pink in color and made from a blend of 82% Grenache, 14% Grenache Gris, and 4% Syrah, the 2012 Penya Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Rosé is also rock solid. Lively, upfront, and loaded with sweet cherry, mineral, wild herbs, and a hint of peach-pit, it carries its self beautifully on the palate with a medium-bodied, balanced, and pure feel. Provencal in style, with both crisp acidity and good richness, it’s a no brainer purchase and will impress for upwards of a year. (89 pts.)
Price: FL $96, 5cs $88
 
Rouge
Penya Rouge is a Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes from the Coast of French Catalonia. This area is culturally influenced by the South of France and Northern Spain. The wine consists of 65% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 12% Carignan, and 3% Mourvèdre. The unique taste originates from a yield of 2.4 tons/acre and is produced from vines averaging 40 years. After harvesting the grapes are fermented in temperature controlled cuves for 12 days, then matured in an tank. Unoaked. 15 % Alcohol.
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88 pts, “Crowd pleasing for sure, it sells for a songand is well worth checking out.” – Jeb Dunnuck’sRhone Report, 3/13.
Price: FL 96.00 $, 3 Cs 88$, 5 Cs 80$
 
Rivesaltes Ambre
Amber in color, this Rivesaltes "Ambré" offers a nose of dried apricots, gingerbread, caramel, and roasted coffee, with a light nutty, smoky character.
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