Masies d’Avinyó, Wine Take Me Away, D.O. Pla de Bages

39/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Pla de Bages – Avinyo – Masies d’Avinyo – Abadal Picapoll 2012

Wine Take Me Away……..,

1199….., The historic estate of Mas Roqueta in Santa Maria d’Horta d’Avinyó, belonging to the municipality of Avinyó in the Bages region of Central Catalonia, has been documented back to 1199. Nestled among the woods, the estate has been witness to the growing of vines as the main agricultural activity, being the traditional crop of the area.

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The Roqueta family story is the story of wine growers. Origins date back to the 12th century, although there are traces of wine-growing activity during the Roman era. It tells of generations of wine-lovers, devoted exclusively to the task of wine growing, handed down to the generations of today.

Valentin Roqueta together with Ferran Adria (El Bulli) during a wine pairing!

Valentin Roqueta together with Ferran Adria (El Bulli) during a wine pairing!

Valentin Roqueta founded Abadal in 1983 at Santa María de Horta de Avinyó, in the family vineyards close to the old Mas Roqueta.

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The winery has modern facilities, where it works to recover the winemaking tradition in enriching the D.O. of Pla de Bages, with renewed vision. The grape selection is rigorous and the harvest is done according to the variations of the vineyards and the different degrees of maturation.

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The winery combines modern technology with the twelfth-century farmhouse, in perfect harmony. The farm house is now a museum, open to visits. In the old cellar, Sant Ramon, tastings are conducted, barrel tastings, the wines of Abadal and especially the Picapoll, that is a variety native to Pla de Bages.

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Historically, dating back to the 17th century, Picapoll is a grape varietal native to the Languedoc area of France that has currently found its way to the northeast portion of Spain in Catalonia. Found as a red, white and gray varietal, the white varietal is currently the most often planted.

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Picapoll is translated as “lip-stinger’ in French as a result of the high acidity of its must and was the basis of Picardan and Clairette, popular wines that were exported from Languedoc to Northern Europe. Following the invasion of phylloxera, a fungal disease that hit the majority of Northern Europe, plantings of the Picapoll varietal dwindled until the end of the 19th century when hardier, more disease resistant varietals were planted.

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Abadal Picapoll 2012, 100% Picapoll

Pale yellow with light straw coloring and silver highlights. In the nose it is transmitting freshness, with floral notes (jasmine) and ripe fruit, with touches of citrus (grapefruit) and a background of honey and apricot. In the mouth it has a large structure, satiny feel with fresh acidity and hints of terroir. Aged in tanks on lees for 3 months.

335 to go!

Catalan Wine 365 and the SweetEasy Lifestyle

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