Ferré i Catasús, Granada in D.O. Penedes

128/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Penedes – La Granada – Ferré i Catasús – Somiatruites 2012

Granada….,

…, the Pomegranate can be related to Granada (the city in the south of Spain) by the Sierra Nevada, but they hardly grow any vine there, so in fact, the Granada (Granada meaning Pomegranate) in question is small village not far from Vilafranca del Penedes and Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. Quite the setting, with vineyards all around and very easy to reach from Barcelona for a day trip. Plenty of sightseeing to be done in the area and several great wineries to visit, if that’s you cup of tea. tumblr_inline_mh6j48M3Oq1qi77y6Ferré i Catasús is the materialization of a project pursued for many years. It was the hopes and wishes of a man called Josep Maria Ferré i Catasús and a woman called Sònia Serrano Quetglas, who both wanted to mark a new horizon in wine culture. It all started in the 30s, when Lluís Ferré Pascual, Josep Maria Ferré i Catasús’s father, and his mother, Maria Catasús Demenech, got married in secret. This impossible love entailed the loss of the inheritance that belonged to them by birthright. Between the 60s and 70s, Josep Maria Ferré was an important businessman devoted to the food trade in Barcelona. DSC_0449This fact was the prelude to the return to his origin in Penedès.

In the 80s, together with Sònia Serrano, Josep Maria Ferré obtained several properties in Alt and Baix Penedès and he began to produce grapes for other wineries. However, he was not satisfied because he wanted to do more by creating a brand and a line of products that represented the essence of his project and that took the wine culture to all the different aspects of everyday life. At the end of the 90s, Ferré i Catasús returned to the land of his birth and where his ancestors had already developed a winemaking task: La Granada (Alt Penedès). At that moment, he thought that his son, Lluís Ferré, could continue his dream and together they decided to launch the Ferré i Catasús’s winery. sumollJosep Maria Ferré i Catasús and Lluís Ferré built Masia Gustems, the old family house, where they installed the latest and most advanced technology and machinery for the production of wine andcava. They also reorientated the production of their lands so that Ferré i Catasús could completely self-produce their wines and cavas, from the vineyard to the final product. In 2001, the winery launched its first products: Merlot, Xarel•lo and Carbernet, among others. Ferré i Catasús’s wines were born (in honour of its founder). 1551632_633856963328887_299596038_nSince then, Ferré i Catasús entrusted the management of the project to his son. Lluís Ferré has changed Ferré i Catasús into a lively and growing company, where each and every department works in order to rediscover “good wine” and to create a new wine philosophy. Every member of the Ferré i Catasús team, starting with Lluís Ferré, is motivated by curiosity, the spirit of self-improvement and by a fierce instinct to innovate in each new product. And so, Ferré i Catasús has received the recognition of experts and has won prizes in important international wine contests due to the daily work undertaken in the cellar by the whole team. 1374998_580234398691144_125776905_nThe estate called Corral d’en Rafeques is located in Castellet i la Gornal (Baix Penedès). It is the largest piece of land, with a total of 25.66 hectares of crops: Cabernet Sauvignon (9.17 Ha), Chardonnay (4.57 Ha), Tempranillo (2.64 Ha), Xarel.lo (4.58 Ha), Syrah (1.98 Ha), Merlot (2.72 Ha). La Granada is Ferré i Catasús’s spiritual centre and this is where we find Masia Gustems. It has been equipped with facilities for the reception and vinification of the grape, with an area of 3.10 hectares. Chenin blanc (2.08 Ha), Red grenache (0.53 Ha), Facilities (1 Ha) 1374890_578901748824409_699876872_nThe estate of Cal Escudé is located in Guardiola de Font Rubí (Alt Penedès). It has 17.08 hectares and is dedicated to the following grape varieties: Macabeu (3.85 Ha), Merlot (3.36 Ha), Syrah (3.68 Ha), Sauvignon blanc (1.62 Ha), Muscat of Alexandria (1.90 Ha), Parellada (2.67 Ha). All Ferré i Catasús’s wines and cavas are born as Estate wines, a qualification which includes a set of vineyards in a specific area and a particular microclimate, providing exceptional quality of vines, which has been achieved thanks to a meticulous study of the soil of the estates owned by the winery. terraLluís Ferré has invested all his efforts in preparing this exhaustive soil map, a working tool that provides a broad knowledge of the land and that allows winemaking teams to obtain the best yield from the crops. The study of the land can be found at the vinification plant of the cellar. somiatruites-442879Somiatruites 2012, Chenin Blanc, Moscatel, Sauvignon Blanc, Xarel.lo and Chardonnay

Made using grapes from vines aged between 10 and 40 years old. Yellow in colour with greenish hues, it exudes tropical fruit aromas complemented by citric and floral notes, and shows complexity on the nose, lychee, banana, pineapple and more! The palate is broad and silky with a lingering acidity that gives freshness and length throughout and it is certainly full-bodied on the palate, it displays a tropical fruit flavor on the aftertaste. Very drinkable!

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Catalan Wine 365 and the SweetEasy Lifestyle

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