Today's wines are the result of the work carried out by our ancestors. At the end of the 19th century, Manuel Raventós Domènech started to experiment with planting small, separate plots. He selected the best vines from these plots and used them to start new plantations, always favouring local varieties. This was the basis of the vineyards that provide the grapes we need to produce our wines today. It was also Manuel Raventós Domènech who established the blending of Penedès sparkling wine using only native varieties: Macabeu, Xarel•lo and Parellada, a coupage that is still produced today.
Native variety that is planted on 50% of the entire estate. It is the first to bud, has the longest cycle of all our varieties, and at the harvest has the best sugar-acidity-intensity balance. It is our seal of identity, the variety that allows the long ageing of our sparkling wines, due to its good agricultural performance and its aromatic and taste potential.
A sister of the Xarel·lo variety, and one that has almost disappeared, it has a pink skin, is rustic in agriculture and ripens slowly. It maintains its acidity well and allows us to produce fresh, full-bodied, structured wines as a basis for long-aged sparkling wines.
Red native variety that almost disappeared and which we are recovering. The agricultural work is complicated. Moderately vigorous and producing a high yield, it adapts perfectly to our Mediterranean climate. Its wines generally have a low intensity of colour and are fresh and rustic. Vinified like a vin gris, they produce wines with a good structure, elegant, with a low pH and an acidity that is magnificent for long-aged sparkling wines.
Moderately vigorous, rustic but at the same time sensitive to rain during the ripening period. The white harvest always ends with this variety. Native variety well-adapted to the high parts of the Penedès. The Parellada on our estate gives a touch of delicacy to our sparkling wines.
Delicate, very versatile variety that needs extremely precise winegrowing in order to achieve the best expression. With a short cycle, it is the first variety to be harvested on the estate. Depending on its location on the estate, this same variety can produce two totally different expressions due to the orientation, the soil and the plant material.
Mediterranean red, late-budding variety, which is sensitive to fungal diseases. Since 2006, we have used it in the De Nit coupage, to which it adds an aromatic complexity, silkiness and structure in the mouth, as well as an elegant touch of colour.
It is the red variety that historically predominates on the estate. It should not be confused with the Bastardo Atlàntic. The Bastard no doubt comes from the Bastardo Nero planted in Sardinia, and which spread across the Iberian Peninsula as far as La Rioja where it is known as Graciano.
Our Bastard Negre vines were planted in 1974, and the plant material is a massal selection of the estate. It is a variety that keeps the acidity well, has a low pH, and is extremely good for producing long-aged sparkling wines if it is vinified like a vin gris.