Parellada (Catalan pronunciation: [pəɾəˈʎaðə]) is a white grape variety of Catalan origin specially grown in Catalonia. With Macabeu and Xarel·lo, is one of the three traditional varieties used to make the sparkling wine Cava, which is primarily produced in Catalonia. Besides its use in Cava, it is used mostly for blending in young white wines, although some more ambitious oaked blends with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also used. Spanish plantations stood at 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) in 2004.

Its good acidity and freshness make these wines extremely suitable for the aperitif. A prime example of this is the micro-distilled Obsello Absinthe which, in addition to being produced in the same region, uses the wine of these grapes in its base spirit.


Grape Colour: White
Also called: Martorella, Montonec, Montonech, Montonega, Montoneo, Montonero, Montonet, Parellada Blanc, Perelada and Perellada
Origin: Spain
Major regions: Catalonia
Notable wines: Cava