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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Penedès
People: Pepe Raventós, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
In 2014, Pepe Raventós started a small project focused on making natural wines. His desire was to learn how to make wine recovering ancient winemaking techniques. The wines were vinified in the garage of his new home in the middle of the Raventós i Blanc estate in the middle of the farm.
The result? We loved them!
There are currently three wines: a 100% Xarel-lo, a 100% Xarel-lo Espumoso Ancestral, and a 100% Bastard Negre (a native Spanish red grape). All of them are unfiltered natural wines without any additives including sulfites. The still Xarel-lo comes from the Noguer Alt plot on top of the Mas del Serral. The vines on this plot are almost 50 years old. The wine is fermented in cement and clay. The Xarel-lo Ancestral is a natural sparkling wine from the Mas del Serral vineyard, which is situated outside of Pepe Raventós' kitchen. The soils have a high proportion of clay above the limestone. The wine starts the fermentation in stainless steel tanks and finishes inside the bottles just like the ancient sparkling wines. The Bastard Negre is sourced from Les Terrasses del Serral, which is on the west side of the property. The vines are over 40 years old and grown on very poor limestone soils. This wine is fermented in an open barrel.
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