Fabulous old estate (with a castle) in
Cataluña inland from Penedes and just behind Montserrat.
Frank Margenat is the current incumbent, from a family that
traces its ownership of the estate back 1000 years, and has been
responsible for reinvigorating its wine production.
45 hectares of certified organic vineyards growing Macabeo,
Malvasia, Merlot , Mando, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
and most notably Picapoll Blanco and Picapoll Negre. Two indigenous
grape varieties sharing a name but otherwise unrelated that set
this DO apart and in the case of Negre, this estate. Oller del Mas
has exclusive growing rights for 7 years since recovering this
variety from some odd plants found on the estate.
With over 400 hectares Frank Margenat is preoccupied with
maintaining the estate as naturally as possible. Much of it is left
to forest and the 45 hectares of vineyard are farmed organically,
along with olive groves and cereals. Working to resurrect old
Catalan varieties like Picapoll Negre and Mando