Marc Ripoll returned to his family vineyards
in 2000 to change their fortunes. He set about renovating the
winery that had fallen into disrepair and the family had been
reduced to selling their harvests to the local co-operative.
Cal Batllet is now regarded as one of the leading estates from
their village of Gratallops and Marc is part of the new generation
of winemakers in Priorat who are reclaiming the region for their
own with a style focusing on the local terroir and looking to
create wines of elegance and refinement. Light years away from the
style that made Priorat the darling of the American critics. An
organic approach in the vineyard and use of wild yeast and barrel
fermentation all come together to create wines expressive of the
individual sites they come from. The 90 year old bush vines planted
in steep hillsides on slate soil all create personalities of their
own, none more so than the nearly extinct Escanyavella grape which
produces a wine full of sublime texture and fruit.