Celler Vinos Pinol
The story of Celler Vinos Piñol mirrors the ascendance of Spanish wines in world markets over the past ten years. It is a story of how a reverence for old, treasured vineyards and the best family traditions have been combined with new winemaking methods to make the finest wines possible. The Piñol family has been vine growers for four generations. The switch to producing and selling their own wine occurred in 1945 when Josep Arrufi founded Celler Vinos Piñol. The goal of this family-run estate was and has remained to produce small quantities of well-crafted wines with passion, love and respect for the land. Today Josefina Piñol and her son, Juanjo Galcera Piñol, are at the helm.
Celler Vinos Piñol owns 100 acres of carefully tended vines, in and around the medieval town of Batea, in the Terra Alta district of the Tarragona province, which is located a few miles south and west of Priorat. The vineyards are organically farmed and certified by CCPAE. Similar to Yecla and Vinos de Madrid, Terra Alta is one of Spain’s up-and-coming wine regions with an identity built on exciting projects and progressive innovation. The soils are composed of 95% limestone and 5% clay. Yields are low, which enhances concentration and complexity in the grapes. For climate, the average temperature from April-October is 67.3F. The hot day and warm-to-moderate night temperatures make Terra Alta a drier and warmer region than Montsant or Priorat. These conditions produce bright purplish-garnet hued wines with great weight and ripeness.
Wine Advocate 6/2015
“Piñol is one of the leading producers in Terra Alta.”
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