One of the 17 regions (Cataluña in Spanish, Catalunya in Catalan) in north-eastern Spain with the four provinces of Barcelona, Gerona, Lérida and Tarragona. It lies on the north-western edge of the Mediterranean Sea and covers 32,000 km². The area has had an extremely chequered history, with the Greeks arriving in the 6th century BC, then the Carthaginians and finally the Romans in 200 BC. The wines from today's DO area Alella were already drunk by the Roman Caesars. The capital Barcelona was already an important trading port in ancient times. In the 6th century AD, the Alans and Visigoths arrived, from whom the name derives (Gotalonia = Gothic land). Then in the 8th century the Moors conquered the area. They were driven out by Emperor Charlemagne (742-814), who incorporated the area into his empire.
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