Different wines become iconic for different reasons. Cornelissen had Action Bronson sculling from a bottle of Susucaru up on stage. Gut Oggau has the family. Partida Creus has the two letter labels.
But there’s another linkage between the three producers. They’re all passionate, talented, charismatic people, expressing their passion through pure, delicious natural wine.
Hailing from Italy’s Piedmont, Antonella Gerosa and Massimo Marchiori were architects ready for a change. They first moved to Barcelona and then in 2001 and quickly found a property in Bonastre, just over an hour south.
‘El Maiol’, as the property is called, provided the opportunity for a slower, quieter way of life. One more aligned with the harmonies of nature. It was planted with almond and olive trees, interspersed with rosemary, thyme and Mediterranean scrub – a magical place that Anto and Massimo immediately connected with. After a chance encounter with a single wild vine, the couple went on to learn that the property was once a vineyard planted with a forgotten indigenous grape named Sumoll. With this new information, Antonella and Massimo decided to remove the unwanted trees, reinvigorate the soil and restore the vineyard.
The idea was to make some organic wine for themselves and friends. The vineyard produced its first grapes in 2007.
Massimo began researching the indigenous, near extinct grapes of the region, Vinyater, Cartoixa Vermell and Garrut. Now they are giving a new life to these forgotten grapes and playing an important part in recovering the wine heritage of the Catalan region Located at 150-200 meters altitude and just 5 km from the Mediterranean Sea, they have 22 hectares, 6 hectares of which are planted to vines. In addition, they also rent vineyards and work with other local farmers. All work is organic and no sulphur has been used in the wines since 2013. The key component of the Partida Creus wines is freshness and precision, salinity, delicate fruit and acidity. We’re very excited to have been lucky enough to get a selection of almost all of the wines made by Partida Creus this year.